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April 19, 2024
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AFRI-CIRD Advocates for Tech-Driven Solutions to Tackle Thuggery, Insecurity

The African Centre for Innovative Research and Development (AFRI-CIRD), a prominent Kano-based think tank, has reiterated its stance against the growing menace of thuggery, locally known as “daba,” within the Kano metropolis.

In a recent press release by Mohammed Bello, AFRI-CIRD’s, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he emphasized the urgent need for technology-driven solutions to address the escalating insecurity caused by these activities.

According to Bello, the organization clarified that its previous statement was not intended to undermine the efforts of security forces in the state, as erroneously reported by some sources. Instead, AFRI-CIRD condemned the rising incidents of thuggery, highlighting the grave security implications for affected communities.

“However, AFRI-CIRD expressed dismay over attempts to downplay the severity of the situation and politicize the issue. Describing the incident as a mere “clash between vigilantes and thugs” undermines the gravity of the security threat posed by such activities. The organization firmly denounced such misrepresentation and urged authorities to refrain from politicizing security matters, which could erode public trust in government efforts to maintain peace and security” he said.

Recent actions by the Kano State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Usaini Gumel, have been commended by AFRI-CIRD. During a visit to the Dorayi community, where incidents of thuggery have been reported, the Commissioner engaged with residents and stakeholders to address the security challenges. Six suspects have been arrested, and efforts are underway to apprehend others involved in criminal activities.

Furthermore, the Commissioner has pledged to establish an Anti-Thuggery unit in Dorayi, demonstrating a commitment to community policing and proactive measures to tackle insecurity.

While applauding these efforts, AFRI-CIRD underscored the need for more comprehensive solutions, advocating for the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) tools and other technological innovations. AI-powered systems can enhance surveillance, analyze crime patterns, and facilitate faster investigations, thereby bolstering security measures in Kano.

Bello, however, emphasized the importance of prioritizing security as a fundamental concern that transcends political agendas. By embracing technology and collaborative efforts between law enforcement agencies and communities, Kano can effectively combat thuggery and ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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