In order to combat banditry and kidnapping in the state, Governor Bello Matawalle has started training for the newly formed Community Protection Guard (CPG) in Zamfara.
Jamilu Birnin-Magaji, the governor’s press secretary, stated in a statement introducing the security organization that it will assist the traditional security services.
By “the recruitment of CPGs in each of the 19 Emirate Councils of the state,” according to Mr. Matawalle, his administration was addressing the security issues facing the state head-on.
He said the decision to establish the CPG was informed by his administration’s desire to “deal with the increasing act of banditry causing loss of lives, untold hardships and rupturing inter-communal peace in parts of 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.
“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 governor told the guards.
In order to supplement the state’s security forces, Mr. Matawalle stated that CPG members will be sent to their respective localities in the 19 Emirate Councils.
Ayuba Elkana, the commissioner of police in Zamfara, said the training was one of several initiatives to combat crime and offered his support to Mr. Matawalle.
Nasiru Magarya, the Speaker of the Zamfara House of Assembly, Kabiru Balarabe, the Secretary to the State Government, and Ibrahim Suleiman, the Chief of Staff of Government House, all attended the ceremony.
Others were members of the State Executive Council, the state’s heads of security services, and Kabiru Muhammad, the head of the state’s civil service.