Piqued by the rising spate of crimes in Mayo in Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, residents have called for the immediate sack of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the area, Zubairu Chul.
The residents, in a petition to the Area Police Command Zone 3, accused the embattled DPO of dereliction of duty and allowing the head of local vigilante to usurp the duty of the Police in the area. The residents, on the platform of Concern Citizens of Mayo-Belwa, alleged that the head of the vigilante group has become a law unto himself, committing atrocities at will without being challenged by the Police. In the petition signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the group, Muhammad Danladi and Ibrahim Musa, respectively, alleged that “cases of cattle rustlings are reported at the Police Station in Mayo-Belwa on weekly basis, but summarily discharged. “Of recent, over 20 cows were reported missing in the area. “Of this number, the vigilante men were found to have slaughtered two, while the remaining cows are still unaccounted for. “The development nearly caused crisis, forcing the Police to later re-arrest the suspects and charge them to court in Mayo-Belwa.” Efforts to get the embattled DPO proved abortive, as his mobile lines were switched off, while the state police spokesman, SP Othman Abubakar, promised to speak to the press later.