Kaduna State Government has procured 77 Hilux vehicles to assist the police in maintaining law and order in the state.
Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i, who disclosed this during a working visit to the Police Command Headquarters in Kaduna, also pledged to provide 50 motorcycles to the command.
The governor said the gesture was in appreciation of the tremendous work of the police in securing lives and property in the state.
“The police are the first line of defence and I thought it wise to come here first and thank you and to also encourage you.
“Also to know the challenges you are facing so that within the resources of the state government, we can do our best to provide you with the tools and equipment necessary for your job.
“The vehicles are already being procured as we speak and the motorcycles will follow by God’s grace,” he said.
El-Rufa’i charged the police to work harder, be honest and maintain good reputation in order to earn the respect of most Nigerians who view them in bad light.
“Our job as government is to see that we provide you with the tools and the environment to work.
“I am very proud with the performance of the Nigeria Police, Kaduna State Command. My government will support the security agencies very strongly as they are doing great job here in Kaduna.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor also visited the police Criminal Investigation Department where he promised to pay fines of those on remand for minor offences.
Responding, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Umar Shehu, appreciated the government’s gesture and assured him that they would continue to do their best in providing adequate security in the state.
Shehu said the visit was historic as it was the first time any serving governor had visited the command to be acquainted with its challenges.