The Governor made this known at the beginning of the training of his recently hired Community Protection Guards (CPG), stressing that no one would be able to stop him from assembling a powerful force to fight the robbers.
He stated that the State’s Guards would work to put additional security measures in place so they could deal with the bandits terrorizing the State effectively.
According to Governor Matawalle, his administration wanted to explore all alternatives for dealing with the rising act of banditry that was claiming innocent lives and caused immeasurable hardships in some areas of the State. This led to the decision to establish Community Protection Guards, he said.
The Governor briefed the Community Protection Guards on their assignment and urged them to give their training their complete attention.
“You should strive to be patriotic as community protection guards so that your names can be remembered in history as persons who shown exceptional patriotism, selflessness, and love for peace.
Only courageous individuals would volunteer to protect their villages, valiantly defending themselves against the savage infamy of the criminals, the speaker continued.
He emphasized that as the newly hired Community Protection Guards, they are agents for the restoration of normalcy, building peace, and re-enactment of the golden age of harmonious inter-communal relationships in the northern part of the country. He also called on them to work within the parameters of the rules of engagement, which he said would be clearly spelled out during the training.
The CPG members will be sent to their various communities in the 19 Emirate Councils of the State following the training, according to Matawalle, in order to actively support the security forces in their fight against banditry and other crimes.
He reminded them that they were being trained for a life-saving mission that would spare their neighborhoods from horror and suffering and one that would restore the dignity of human life and peaceful coexistence in the State. He also urged them to remain disciplined and obedient throughout the exercise.
The [b] training of the Community Protection Guards was one of a number of steps taken by Governor Bello Matawalle to protect the State from all sorts of crimes, according to the chief of police for Zamfara State Police Command, Mr. Ayuba Elkana.
Mr. Elkana advised the recruits to always be law-abiding, God-fearing, and objective in the fulfillment of their tasks while giving the command’s complete support to Governor Matawalle in the fight against banditry.
Earlier, the Rtd. DIG Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, stated that the Community Protection Guards were created to aid the security authorities in protecting the State from all serious crimes.
Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Nasiru Muazu Magarya, Secretary of the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Chief of Staff of Government House Gusau, Malam Ibrahim Suleiman, State Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Gayari, members of the State Executive Council, and leaders of the state’s security agencies all attended the event.