The Borno State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdu Umar, has warned criminals in the state to either repent or face the full wrath of the law.
The commissioner made the warning in a press conference on Friday in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.
CP Umar said it was necessary to call for the press conference to intimate the people of the state on the new dimension of criminal activities of criminals in the state.
He noted that the criminals have begun targeting homes and government facilities for theft.
He further paraded some suspects arrested by the state’s police command in connection to the new dimension of criminal activities.
He therefore called on the public to be vigilant and security conscious of the criminal activities.
The CP also announced that the command has passed out a total of 518 constables of the police force to support the security architecture for the forthcoming 2023 elections in the state.
He explained that the constables would be posted to their various local government areas to support the existing security formation ahead of the elections.
CP Umar further warned the new constables to be disciplined as they carryout their official assignments in their respective area of posting.
As contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, ASP Sani Kamilu Shatambaya, the commissioner said: “The briefing was necessitated by the need to call the attention of the public particularly the people of Borno on the new dimensions of crime being perpetrated by criminal element, who engage nowadays in the theft in both dwelling houses and government properties.
“Therefore the command wishes to show the public the suspects arrested so far in connection with it and the exhibits recovered as well as call on them to be vigilant and security conscious of their properties.
“The Command will equally live up to its mandate of ensuring that no person or group of persons is allowed to infringe on the fundamental human rights of others, especially the rights to life and rights to own property.
“So no criminal element would go free in Borno.
“They either repent and be law abiding citizen or definitely get arrested and face the full wrath of the law.
“The choice is theirs,” the CP warned.