Police deploy Zamfara DPO accused of ‘working with bandits’

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kaura-Namoda, Zamfara who was accused of conniving with bandits terrorising the area, has been redeployed by police authorities. 

The state police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu made the announcement on Monday March 15 and also revealed that no formal complaint has been lodged against the DPO in respect to the allegation.

The former DPO was redeployed to the police command headquarters as OC provost, while Umar Abdullahi, an assistant commissioner of police has been appointed as acting DPO of the Division.

Shehu also enjoined members of the public, especially the aggrieved community with credible evidence against the DPO, to come to the Police Command Headquarters and assist in the ongoing investigation.

He said; 

“The attention of the Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video trending on social media platforms wherein the communities of Kungurki village, in Kaura Namoda LGA, accused the DPO of Kaura Namoda Division of conniving with recalcitrant armed bandits who were making life unbearable for the people. 

“Available records at the command revealed no formal complaint against the DPO in respect of the allegation.

“However, the command enjoins members of the public, especially the aggrieved community, that any person or group with credible evidence against the DPO, should come to the Police Command Headquarters and assist in the ongoing investigation.

“The DPO, as a custodian of peace and tranquility, has the mandate to interact and engage with the two warring Hausa and Fulani bandit communities to a dialogue so as to strengthen the ongoing peace process of the state government.”

Members of the public with credible evidence against the former DPO are to contact the acting DPO through his phone number– 08162793939.

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