The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on the Need to Avert a Breakdown of Law and Order in Kano State and Other Infringements Across the Country has recommended the immediate removal of the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr Rabiu Yusuf over misconduct.
The decision of the adhoc committee came after the adoption of a motion by Hon Aliyu Sani Madaki on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 under matters of urgent public importance, wherein he raised an alarm that some policemen invaded the residence of Hon Sani Mohammed Aliyu Rano in Kano.
The report Hon Toby Okechukwu-led panel was laid on the floor of the House on thursday, with recommendations demanding that “the Police Authorities in Kano State should desist from being partisan and strive to restore a cordial relationship amongst the political class and the people of Kano State”.
It is also recommended that the Inspector General of Police should transfer the Commissioner of Police, Kano State, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf to another state Command.
According to panel report, such transfer would “allow a fresh, healthy and peaceful relationship within the political class in the state and create the enabling environment for peace to thrive”.
Also reprimanded in the report are some officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos.
They are: Inspector Idris Adamu; Sergeant Lewis Dila; Sergeant Adedokun Abiodun; Corporal Gogol Yitpowe and Corporal Isah Hashim breached due process when they invaded the residence of Hon. Sani Mohammed Aliyu Rano in Nasarawa Quarters, Kano State without procuring a valid search warrant.
The officers of SARS according to the panel, also breached due process when they invaded and searched the residence of the daughter of Hon. Sani Mohammed Aliyu Rano in Naibawa Quarters, Kano State without valid search warrant.
The panel also recommended that Inspector Idris Adamu; Sergeant Lewis Dila; Sergeant Adedokun Abiodun; Corporal Gogol Yitpowe and Corporal Isah Hashim should be made to face appropriate sanctions by the Police Authorities for their actions
It further said: “The leadership of the Kano State Judiciary should as a matter of urgency compel court officials to maintain file records to keep duplicate copies of search warrants obtained from their courts. This is with a view to discouraging fraudulent operations and ensure quick reference and retrieval for necessary future use”.
“The Commander, SARS, Lagos State, ACP Sale Umaru Paiko, should produce the whistleblower/informant who informed him of a cache of arms in Hon. Sani Mohammed Aliyu Rano’s residence in Kano for further investigation or face disciplinary action in the event of failure to do so”.
The panel also urged security agencies to ensure the veracity of all information and character of their whistleblowers before they proceed to raid people’s houses as this may cause embarrassment, legal action, mistrust and even damage among the citizens.