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  • News - North West - Kano
  • Updated: March 18, 2024

Police warn against violence during Kano Ramadan cultural show

Police warn against violence during Kano Ramadan cultural sh

The Kano State Police Command has cautioned young people against participating in violence during the yearly Ramadan Tashe cultural event, which traditionally begins in the middle of the Holy Month.

The Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, issued the warning during a dialogue with traditional leaders, community figures, religious representatives, and influential youth leaders in Kano State held at the Police Officers Mess on Miller Road in Bompai, Kano.

According to the CP, proactive security measures had been taken on the build-up towards the provision of adequate security during and after the Ramadan period.

He cautioned individuals planning to incite violence during the sacred period to cease their actions, stating that sufficient security measures had been implemented at designated sites. 

He further emphasized the implementation of rigorous strategies to control the situation effectively.

He said, "We have also reached out to traditional rulers in the affected Local Government Areas in the metropolis to preach peace among the youth participating in the Tashe practice to desist from any act capable of bringing confusion during and after the Ramadan period.

“We have taken concrete security measures to deal with any person or group of people that take advantage of promoting Tashe culture to perpetuate insecurity during the last part of Ramadan days.

"Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) are also directed to identify and reach out to prominent people /youths that organize Tashe and to beam the necessary searchlight against any form of violence in the state.”

Furthermore, he said, the Command had increased surveillance and patrols in the identified areas where youth tended to exploit Tashe culture to promote nefarious activities. 

He said the Command’s intelligence units had also increased vigilance for collecting and putting into action relevant information to preempt likely emerging security threats. 

"Moving forward, the Police Command has invited some community leaders, religious authorities, and influential youth leaders and discussed with them on how best to surmount the issue of specifically the youth that take advantage, instead of promoting the Tashe tradition, to perpetuate insecurity.

The commissioner added that through the adoption of comprehensive security measures and active collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the command was assured of overcoming the challenges presented by youths who might misuse the Tashe culture to incite violence during the fasting period.

Tashe is a Hausa cultural show staged during the Ramadan period where people, especially young men and women, dramatize certain Hausa cultural norms to make onlookers laugh.

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