October 11, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Khartoum state police director, Lieutenant General Mohamed Al-Hafiz, has said that securing the Sudanese capital requires 130,000 policemen and acknowledged that less than half that figure is currently available but nonetheless stressed that the shortage wouldn’t affect the state of alert.
- FILE - Police stand in front of some 100 protesters from the nomadic Arab Misseriya tribe demonstrate in Khartoum on November 28, 2012 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
He said during a meeting with Khartoum state legislative council’s sub-committee on legislation and local governance that the economic conditions have negatively impacted police forces, pointing that their personnel are quitting their jobs and went to other sectors particularly gold mining.
The director of felonies department, Mohamed Ahmed Ali, for his part, announced police readiness to secure the capital during Eid Al-Adha holiday and warned people of firing guns during wedding ceremonies, saying that legal action will be taken against those who violate the law.
He stressed that necessary security measures would be taken during the holiday, saying that police would be deployed into markets, neighborhoods, mosques, and public parks as well as securing beaches to prevent drowning incidents.
Ali further pointed that they will intensify actions against drug dealers and local liquor makers, calling upon neighborhood committees to coordinate with the police in order to achieve security and impose state’s authority and the rule of law.