Birnin-Kebbi - Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi on Wednesday donated 24 patrol vans worth N201.6 million to the state Police Command to assist in protection of lives and property of residents of the state.
The government had donated 45 vans to the police five years ago.
Dakingari, who presented the vans in Birnin-Kebbi to the Commissioner of Police, Benjamin Uche, said the donation was to sustain the low crime rate recorded in the state.
He said the support to the police command was part of pre-emptive measures to prevent violence in the forthcoming general elections.
Dakingari said that the patrol vans would enable the police to "face security challenges squarely".
He said his administration was determined to sustain funding of the joint security patrol teams comprising the army and police.
The new police commissioner, Uche, commended Dakingari for the gesture and pledged to work out modalities to ensure they were adequately maintained to curtail criminal activities in Kebbi.
He said the command would ensure that the vans were utilised judiciously.
"I advise criminals to relocate and others planning to extend their criminal activities to the state will be adequately dealt with," Uche said.
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