Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has urged security agencies in the area to extend maximum cooperation to officers and men of the Community Protection Guards (CPG) for successful fight against banditry.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when he presided over a meeting of the state’s Security Council and also briefed members on the necessary logistics provided for the CPG personnel.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the Governor equally spoke on the inauguration of a Board of Trustees (BoT) for the Security Trust Fund.
According to the Governor, “the Security Council meeting aims to assess security situations and develop measures to prevent incidents.
“Government established the Zamfara State Community Protection Guards based on your recommendations.
“The first batch of 2,720 completed their training last week and are now deployed in all 14 Local Government Areas in the state.
“All necessary equipment has been provided, including office accommodations in all 14 Local Government Areas.
“There are 15 operational vehicles and two Hilux pick-ups for each of 12 Local Government Areas, except for Gusau and Maru which have 20 operational vehicles and four Hilux each.
“The following safety gear have also been provided: helmets, boots, bulletproof vests, pump-action rifles and cartridges.
“The objective of the CPG project is to collaborate with the local people who possess a deeper understanding of the terrains to complement efforts of security agencies.
“Hence, the success of this project relies on the cooperation of the heads of security agencies in the state since the standard operating procedures of the Community Protection Guards mandate that they cannot conduct any operations without the support of the military, police, and DSS.
“I want to inform the Council that the state Security Trust Fund has been inaugurated. “The Fund aims to source funds for security-related activities and procure security hardware to combat banditry and other related crimes in the state.”