By Augustine Ehikioya
To boost security in Zamfara State, the newly posted Commissioner of Police to the State, CP Kolo Yusuf has assumed duty as the 32nd Commissioner of Police for the Zamfara State Police Command.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The new Commissioner of Police, the statement said, was born in 1968 in Majiko village of Edati Local Government Area of Niger State.
It said “He attended Katambi/Bologi Primary School from 1974 to 1979. Between 1979 to 1985, he was selected by the Niger State Government for a scholarship where he successfully completed his Secondary School Education at the Government Technical College, Lagos State.
“He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Abuja, and is a member of the respected Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). He also holds a Masters Degree in Crime Management and Prevention from Bayero University Kano, with a Doctorate in International Relations.
“CP Kolo Yusuf was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1988 and has served in various operational capacities including as Officer in Charge, Anti-Robbery Squad in Anambara, Kano, Kogi States and FCT among others.
“He was also the Commander, IGP Crack Squad Zone 1 Kano; Coordinator, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS); and Commander, Technical Intelligence Unit and Special Tactical Squad (TIU-STS) under the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB).”
CP Kolo Yusuf, according to the statement, also attended several courses within and outside Nigeria, including Advanced Detective course at the Police Staff College, Jos in Plateau State and in China, Turkey and Colombia, on “Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, management and prevention of violent crimes, detailing and management of crime scenes, modern threat and human intelligence development by the metropolitan school of Business and management among others.”
Highlighting some of his track record, the statement said “As a seasoned crime fighter, CP kolo Yusuf had led several operations that led to the unprecedented arrest/neutralize of many Bandits/Boko Haram terrorists, rescue of kidnapped victims and recoveries of arms and ammunition.
“Example of such records included, the arrest of terrorists who attacked the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) , the terrorists who kidnapped students of Greenfield University and Bethel Secondary School, Kaduna State, respectively.
“CP Kolo Yusuf also led an operation that successfully rescued Mikel Obi’s father and arrested the suspects including the syndicate leader, a woman popularly known as Hauwa.
“He also led the rescue of 82 years old mother of Chairman of Pharmaceutical giant JUHEL and Chairman, Tonimas Petroleum group. All the kidnappers in these high profile cases were rounded up and arrested,” it stated.
CP Kolo Yusuf, the statement said, has also been conferred with several awards and commendations from reputable Nigerian communities, Government Agencies and organisations.
“These include , the prestigious traditional title of Agu na eche Mba one of Onitsha, in Anambara State. He was also honoured by the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd for his gallantry and bravery in confronting terrorists who attempted to vandalize and shut down communications in Abuja.”
The new Commissioner of Police, it said, reassured the people of his unalloyed commitment to the protection of lives and property.
He also sought for support and collaboration from members of the public, while warning all criminal elements to “renounce criminal activities and repent or face dare consequences.”
CP Kolo Yusuf, the statement said, is happily married with children.