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New Kano Police Chief Denies Alleged Family Ties to Emir Bayero


The newly appointed Kano State Police Commissioner, Salman Garba Dogo, has denied rumors linking him to the royal family of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

Addressing the media at the Bompai Police Headquarters on Wednesday, Dogo asserted his commitment to serving all residents of Kano impartially.

“The news of me belonging to the same family as Bayero is new to me; this is the first time I am hearing it.

“I am first and foremost a Nigerian, and I am here to serve Nigerians. For me, I will do my best for Kano,” stated Dogo, clarifying his position amidst swirling speculations.

Outgoing Kano State Commissioner of Police, AIG Mohammed Usaini Gumel, handing over to the new commissioner, CP Salman Dogo Garba, in Kano on Tuesday. Photograph: Kano State Police Command/

The speculation about Dogo’s alleged familial connection to Emir Bayero had gained traction online following his recent deployment to Kano on Monday.

His arrival comes at a sensitive time for the state, amidst the public divide over the succession of Emirs between ousted Emir Ado Bayero and reinstated Emir Lamido Sanusi by the state government.

During the press briefing, Commissioner Dogo acknowledged the pressing challenges facing Kano, particularly the resurgence of thuggery activities.

He assured the public of his proactive stance in tackling these issues head-on, highlighting his strategic approach to law enforcement.

“I have already received briefings from my predecessor and the department heads on the security situation in the state.

“I pledge to support, guide, and empower our officers to collectively combat crime, maintain law and order, and ensure peace and stability prevail,” Dogo affirmed.

Dogo outlined his strategic policing approach, which includes enhancing community engagement, collaborating with other security agencies, leveraging technology, and upholding professionalism and accountability.

He stressed the importance of collective responsibility in addressing security concerns and expressed his commitment to fostering trust with both the government and the citizens of Kano.

“I assumed duty at a critical time when the state is grappling with significant security challenges, including the resurgence of thuggery in parts of Kano Metropolis.

“We have devised an action plan centered on collaborative policing after studying the crime patterns,” explained Dogo.

The commissioner also lauded his predecessor, AIG Mohammed Usaini Gumel, for his contributions to the state’s security landscape and pledged to build upon his legacy. He urged the public to support the police force in their efforts to uphold peace and stability in Kano.

Commissioner Garba is the 46th Commissioner of Police of Kano State Police Command.

The CP was born on 21st July 1966 at Ilorin West LGA of Kwara State.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from ABU Zaria. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on 18th May 1992 as a Cadet ASP.

He was the Commissioner of Police manning the Force Armament unit before current posting as CP Kano State Command.

Meanwhile, in response to a recent surge in thuggery within Kano metropolis, the Kano State Executive Council has issued a stern directive to security agencies to deal with the rising incidents of thuggery in the state.

Speaking through a statement issued on Wednesday on X, the Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, expressed deep concern over the escalating clashes and disturbances involving Yan Daba.

He emphasised that such acts threaten the peace and harmony that law-abiding citizens of the state cherish.

He underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the safety and well-being of all residents.

“The directive from the 15th meeting of the Kano State Executive Council stems from my disapproval of the recent upsurge in clashes and mayhem involving Yan Daba,” Yusuf stated.

“Our government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.”

Yusuf also issued a strong warning against the premature release of apprehended thugs, stressing the potential threat they pose to the state’s security and the efforts invested in their arrest and prosecution.

“I caution against the unwarranted release of arrested thugs, as the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents, if unpunished, erodes all the efforts put to place them behind bars,” he asserted.

He further urged the people of Kano to continue their lawful activities, assuring them of the government’s steadfast commitment to ensuring their protection and security.

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