The Inspector-General of Police, M.D Abubakar, has commended the people and government of Kano State for the support and cooperation they were giving security agencies in their effort to curtail the spate of insecurity in the state.
Abubakar, who was on a visit to the Police Academy in Wudil said the police are happy with the level of understanding and cooperation between the state government and his men, and therefore appealed to the people to keep cooperating with the police.
On the unprovoked killing of health workers yesterday by unidentified gunmen, Abubakar said his men are working towards apprehending the perpetrators. He however emphasized that despite the incident, the state is still safe and assured people that with their continuous support and prayer, the insecurity challenges would be overcome.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Health and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, has reacted to the attacks on polio health workers yesterday in two separate incidents.
“Our hearts go out to the families, friends and colleagues of these brave women killed today (yesterday); we also commiserate with the families of those non-health workers who also lost their lives. Our nation mourns the demise of these nine women who toiled night and day to ensure that our children receive vaccines that would protect them from polio, measles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis,” Pate said in a statement by his spokesman Tashikalmah Hallah.
He said the attack was an affront to “our culture and civility, we first and foremost recognize the human tragedy it represents. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by words from the frontline workers who have re-stated their resolve to remain undeterred by today’s violence. These nine health workers and those injured are our heroes in the fight against maternal and child mortality in the country.
“It is my belief that our security men and women will launch a large-scale investigation to unearth the proximal and remote causes of these incidents with a view to ensuring that no stone is left unturned in the bid to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime.”