The Zamfara state government has launched a community protection guards (CPG).
CPG according to the state government is equivalent to a joint task force arrangement to fight banditry and protect lives and properties in the state.
TheCable reports that the event marking the flag-off of training for CPG was held on Saturday had in attendance the governor, Bello Matawalle; heads of security agencies, and other stakeholders in the state.
According to a statement by Jamilu Magaji, chief press secretary to the governor, the launch of the security outfit will support the efforts of security agencies to tackle banditry in the state.
“As community protection guards, yours is a patriotic call. Your names would stand out in history as people with remarkable patriotism, selflessness, and love for peace,” the governor was quoted in his speech while addressing the volunteers of CPG.
“Only people with courage and bravery will offer to serve as guards of their communities, bravely standing up to face the brutal infamy of the bandits.”
The Zamfara governor also urged members of the CPG to ensure they work according to the rules of engagement and promote efforts at building peaceful communities.
Earlier in the same week, Mr Matawalle had called on the residents of the state to procure a gun licenses and defend themselves against bandits and other deadly militia groups terrorising the state.
This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital by the commissioner for information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, according to Daily Post.
He noted that the state government was very much ready to facilitate people, especially farmers in the rural areas to secure basic weapons for self-defense.
“The government has already concluded arrangements to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the State for those willing to obtain guns for self-defense.
“People should apply from the state commissioner of police licenses to own their guns and other basic weapons for self-defense,” he said.
According to Mr Dosara, a Secretariat would be established by the government to collect intelligence on the activities of informants supplying information to the bandits.
“People are strictly warned and advised to ensure that any information or intelligence about informants must be true and nothing but the truth as all information on the informants must carry correct data on the suspects.
“Such information must include their pictures, correct names, addresses, occupation, and witnesses to testify the genuineness of the information given as the government will take punitive measures against anyone found to the bandits’ informants.
“Any person who gives wrong information against anyone would also be made to serve the same punishment with the informant and will be treated as such,” he stated.
Mr Dosara also disclosed that the Zamfara state government had requested the State House of Assembly to as a matter of urgency pass the informant bill before it into law to enable the government to take its planned drastic measures on informants as contained in the bill.
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