Zamfara state government has introduced additional measures to stem the tide of insecurity in state. The state governor at the end of a security meeting today Thursday Nov 1st, has announced that he has “ placed the sum of 1 Million Naira for any person or group found and arrested in illegal possession of a gun popularly called AK47”.
The decision according to a press release signed by Mal Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, Special Adviser to the Executive Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications comes at the end of the Security Council meeting which was held at Government House, Gusau in which the Governor said the measure is as a result of “recent waves of kidnappings and attacks in various parts of the state”.
Addressing the media shortly after the meeting, Gov Yari said; “the reward of one Million Naira to any person or group of persons that arrest any person or group of persons in possession of AK47 in any part of the State would go a long way in reducing the number of AK47 guns in circulation and to a large extent the rampant cases of kidnappings and other forms of crimes across the nooks and crannies of the state”.
In addition according to the press release, “the council approved the recruitment of 8,500 Vigilante Civilians known as JTF to aid the conventional securities in intelligent gathering, arrest and confrontation with the criminals”.
The governor promised that: “each of the recruited JTF would be given monthly allowance of fifteen thousand Naira, beside the routine allowances to make them courageous in their responsibilities”. He however added that, “the recruitment would be subject to screening by the conventional securities and based on the 17 Emirates in the state”.
Each of the 17 emirates in the state is expected to recruit 500 members of the JTF. Gov Yari said this would enable each emirate to deal with its peculiarities quickly and accordingly.
The governor further assured of his administration and the Federal government’s commitments to end the security challenges facing the state, stressing that, more personnel and equipment are being provided by the federal government.