After ‘Harassing’ Female Journalist, IGP Promotes Katsina Police Spokesman

Isah Gambo, spokesperson for Katsina Police Command has been promoted to rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and as well transferred to Zone 14, Police Headquarters in Katsina State.

This comes amid alleged misconduct by the officer who “led” some operatices of the command in “harassing” a female journalist with Tambarin Hausa TV, Ruqayya Aliyu Jibia.

According to the police spokesman, Usman Baba, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) promoted Gambo. He will oversee the public relations unit of Zone 14, comprising Katsina and Kaduna states.

“Alhamdullillah. After 7yrs of excellent stewardship as PPRO Katsina Police command and with my subsequent elevation to the rank of CSP, the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered my posting as PPRO Zone 14, Katsina. I will be supervising the Public Relations units of Katsina and and Kaduna states command. Alhamdullillah, Masha Allah,” he tweeted.

When contacted, Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), said he can’t comment on the matter. He advised WikkiTimes to contact commissioner of police in the state. However, the commissioner of police could not be immediately reached.

GAMBO AND THE FEMALE JOURNALIST

Ruqayya had narrated to WikkiTimes how some police officers led by GAMBO “waylaid” and “brutalized” her after criticizing them.

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The journalist, who spoke to WikkiTimes from hidden on Wednesday, May 23, said she was waylaid l and dragged to Katsina Emir’s palace on Monday.

According to her, Gambo and his men seized her phone and injured her hand.

Ruqayyah added that the emir ordered that she should be kept in police custody. Five hours later, she was released on bail.

Reacting, Gambo said: “My attention has been drawn to frivolous allegations made by one Ruqayya on TikTok. At the beginning I have no intention of joining issues with her since I believe she is looking for cheap popularity to gain followers through her social media handles, especially the TikTok.

“But For the avoidance of doubt, I want to set the records straight. Ruqayya has been using her social media handles to maliciously attack the Nigeria Police Force. You may recall that sometimes in 2022, the KTS Police command, succeeded in busting a notorious syndicate of armed robbers leading to the arrest of their king pin one a k.a. ABBA KALA and his team and recovery of over 13 stolen motor vehicles.

“He was charged to court on 7 different F.I.Rs High courts in KTS now in prison. But to our utter amazement Ruqayya came out, through her TikTok and attacked the police that Abba Kala was so innocent that the police lied.” he said. 

“The command out of maturity refused to join any issue with her on that matter because of her naivety. But recently the KTS metro was faced with incessant attacks by Kauraye, phone snatchers and other crimes. 

“The command swung into action and raided criminal hideouts, including brothels, which led to the arrest of 72 suspected persons. 4 young women suspected to be sex workers were among those arrested and paraded before the Press. Ruqayya did not appreciate the efforts of the NPF nipping at the bud, the crimes disturbing the community but took to her usual TikTok and continued to rant at the police for arresting and parading the women.”

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