The police said it needs the support of Borno residents to fight crime.
The police on Sunday renewed its call on residents of Borno State to provide vital information on suspected criminals and terrorists hideouts in the state.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Ibrahim Leha, made the appeal shortly after interacting with officers and men of the police command in Maiduguri.
Mr. Leha told journalists that residents must cooperate with the police if they wish to overcome the current security challenges facing the state.
“We want the residents to know that the police are here to help fight criminals and terrorists in the society. But the police cannot succeed in doing this without the support and cooperation of the people,” he said.
The police boss explained that the police could not operate successfully without the people’s help.
“People should know that the police are their friends. We must work together to fight the criminals and terrorists hiding among the people,” he said.
Mr. Leha, however, acknowledged that the police had recorded some level of success in the state in the fight against crime.
“I came here to see things for myself in both Borno and Yobe States. I must confess that from what I saw, there are lots of improvements in the police fight against crime in the states,’’ he said.
He lamented that the security challenges in the state had almost crippled social and economic life and urged the people to team up with the police and other security agencies in their quest to address the problem.
He thanked other security agencies for their support and cooperation with the police.