Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State, has launched the training of the newly recruited Community Protection Guards with the aimed of effectively tackling banditry in the state.
Speaking during the ceremony of the training of the newly recruited Guards in Gusau, Matawalle said his administration was keen on moving towards the implemention of new security measures.
The Governor said his administration has come up with new additional measures for curbing insurgency in the state, among which is the recruitment of Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 Emirate Councils of the state.
He said the decision to establish Community Protection Guards was fueled by the desire of his administration to work out all possible options to deal with the spiraling acts of bandity causing loss of lives, properties, untold hardships and disrupting intercommunal peace in some parts of the state.
He said, “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 also cautioned them to work within the parameters of the rules of engagement which will be clearly spelt out during their training.
He also pointed out that as the newly recruited Community Protection Guards, they were agents of the restoration of normalcy, peace building and re-enactment of harmonious intercommunal relationship in the northern part of the country.
The Governor added that at the conclusion of the training, the CPG members would be deployed to their various communities in the 19 Emirate Councils of the state to actively complement the efforts of the security forces in the fight against banditry and other various crimes.
He urged them to refrain from indiscipline and to be obedient throughout the exercise and to keep in mind that they were trained for a life saving mission that would liberate their neighborhoods from horror, pain and suffering.
The Governor, also told them that they were the ones that would restore the dignity of human life as well as, peaceful coexistence in the state.
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