INSECURITY: GOV. DAUDA LAWAL INAUGURATES SECURITY TRUST FUND, VOWS TO END BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA

INSECURITY: GOV. DAUDA LAWAL INAUGURATES SECURITY TRUST FUND, VOWS TO END BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal reiterated his commitment to ending the spate of banditry and other criminal activities that have plagued Zamfara State.

On Wednesday, the Zamfara State Governor inaugurated a 21-member Board of Trustees of the Zamfara State Security Trust Fund.

The Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, disclosed in a statement issued in Gusau that the Security Trust Fund was created to gather funds and aid the government’s efforts in tackling the ongoing issue of insecurity.

He added that the board of the Security Trust Fund has former Inspector General MD Abubakar, mni, CFR, as chairman and Dr. Hamza Muhammad as Administrative Secretary.

While inaugurating the trust fund board, Governor Lawal said that establishing the Security Trust Fund was informed by the need to mobilise resources to support our efforts in addressing the persistent challenge of insecurity and related issues in our dear state.

“The decision to establish the Trust Fund was motivated by the recognition that the security situation in the State, along with its attendant consequences, has become a matter of grave concern not only to the Government and citizens of Zamfara State but also to the entire nation.

“Over the years, the criminal activities have led to the tragic loss of thousands of lives and the destruction of billions of naira worth of means of livelihood in the state. Moreover, it has severely weakened our economy, causing significant repercussions in vital sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and commerce.

“Consequently, it is evident that we have to widen our horizons in the quest for viable and enduring solutions to the issue.”

The Governor further said that to guarantee prudence and effectiveness in discharging the Board’s duties and responsibilities, he meticulously appointed individuals with a proven track record of integrity.

“Many of them come from backgrounds in security with broad experience in public service and private sectors. The board comprises MD Abubakar, Mni, CFR Rtd Inspector General of Police as chairman.

“Board members are the Emir of Anka, Col Bala Mande (Rtd), Brig. Gen. Abdulkadir Gummi, Brig. Gen. L.B. Mohammed, Ambassador Bello Anka, Mrs Lubnah Muhammad Gusau, Faruku Sambo Gusau, State Chairman, Local Security Outfit, Rep. of Ministry of Justice, Rep. of Ministry for Internal Security, Rep. of Ministry of Finance, Rep. Min. for Local Govt & Chieftaincy Affairs, Rep. of State Bureau for Public Procurement.

“Others are Rep. of Nigeria Police Force, Rep. of Armed Forces, Rep. of Department of State Service, Rep. of Nig. Security and Civil Defense Corps, Rep. of Religious Institution, Abubakar Shehu, and Dr. Hamza Muhammad and Administrative Secretary.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Board, the former Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar RTD, urged the people of Zamfara to work together to overcome security challenges.

“We are doing this for the future of Zamfara State. We must all come together to support this fund with the little we can. There is no time for sleeping now; we have to wake up.

“I want to reassure you about our commitment; we shall do our best regarding safety and security.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 07, 2024

NORTHWEST GOVERNORS STORM ZAMFARA, AS GOV. DAUDA LAWAL UNVEILS COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS (CPG)

NORTHWEST GOVERNORS STORM ZAMFARA, AS GOV. DAUDA LAWAL UNVEILS COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS (CPG)

The Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, hosted the Northwest Governors for the official unveiling of the State Community Protection Guards (CPG).

The graduation ceremony for the Community Protection Guards (Askarawan Zamfara) was held on Wednesday at the Trade Fair Complex in the capital city of Gusau.

A statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that Governors from Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto attended the graduation ceremony.

He added that the Zamfara State Government is utilising a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional approach to address security challenges for now and in the future.

“Last year, Governor Dauda Lawal approved the engagement of 5,200 guards across 14 local government areas. Today, 2,645 community protection guards graduated in the first batch. “

In his remark at the graduation ceremony, Governor Dauda Lawal said his administration has embarked on the arduous task with a commitment to gradual reforms across all sectors of the state’s economy to instil sanity and accelerate development.

“While we make these efforts, the lofty goals we set out to achieve will remain a mirage as long as the formidable challenge of insecurity remains unaddressed.

“This informed our decision to, among other things, establish the Community Protection Guards, known as Askarawa. The Steering Committee for establishing the Community Protection Guards traversed the 14 Local Government Areas and screened eligible volunteers for enrolment into the outfit.

“We believe that the bulk of the challenges we face as a state and region are borne out of severe neglect in advancing public policy to serve the socioeconomic expectations of our people. We will never take for granted the message of the people of our state through their votes in March 2023.

“Today, therefore, the first batch of the Community Protection Guards, 2,645, are graduating. These young, energetic and vibrant personnel have undergone rigorous training, extensive drilling, and an understanding of the rules of engagement, amongst other skills, in the due discharge of their responsibility of partnering, assisting and working with the security agencies to defend our communities.”

During his speech, Dr Dikko Radda, the Katsina State Governor and chairman of the Northwest Governors, reaffirmed their joint decision not to engage in negotiations with bandits.

“We have gathered here today with a common purpose: to unite against banditry and insecurity in the Northwest. Regardless of political affiliation, we are committed to never negotiating with bandits.

In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, General Aliyu Muhammad Gusau (Retired), praised the state government for establishing the Community Protection Guards (CPG).

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 31, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL ATTENDS ROUNDTABLE ON INSECURITY, CALLS FOR SYNERGY AMONG STATE GOVERNORS

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL ATTENDS ROUNDTABLE ON INSECURITY, CALLS FOR SYNERGY AMONG STATE GOVERNORS

Governor Dauda Lawal emphasised the need for synergy and a multi-dimensional regional approach to tackle insecurity in the North.

On Wednesday, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) organised a two-day roundtable discussion on insecurity in the North at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja.

The governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, stated that the event aimed to encourage community engagement in the fight against banditry and related crimes in the North.

He added that resource persons delivered lectures on critical areas of concern, including a framework for cooperation and collaboration between Federal, State and Local authorities.

The statement read in parts: “Today, Governor Dauda Lawal and other governors attended a two-day roundtable organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) with the theme ‘Multidimensional Approach to Tackling Insecurity in Northern Nigeria’.

“There were discussions on how to address insecurity in northern regions, focusing on kinetic and non-kinetic approaches and tackling the proliferation of arms and drugs through local vigilance and border security measures.

Delivering a remark at the event, Governor Dauda Lawal restated that a multi-dimensional approach to addressing insecurity in the North is the way to go.

“I have listened keenly to the various addresses and the discussions, and I believe the necessary foundation has been laid for the panels and syndicates to develop a comprehensive framework for a multidimensional approach to tackling insecurity in Northern Nigeria.

“For us in Zamfara State, we also believe that a multi-dimensional approach is the way to go; however, for Zamfara, in tandem with our border and regional states, we have also resolved to work together and tackle the issue using a regional approach and not operate in silos. This will enhance synergy among the states affected in combating the insecurity challenges. Community engagement in the fight against banditry and related crimes is gaining momentum.

“This synergy becomes even more imperative as Joint operations and intelligence sharing are essential. Just like Katsina State has, we are also commissioning our approved Community Protection Guards, backed by law and a formal structure, who the Military and the police authorities have adequately trained to act as first responders, search and rescue and work with the FG deployed forces and similar entities in other states, in the course of restoring security to our communities.

“We have also set up a Security Trust Fund, like others in the region, to mobilise, manage, and deploy funds to complement government efforts in restoring security. In Zamfara, we are also tackling the identified twin-headed fodder that feeds insecurity: the denigration of Education and high unemployment, especially among the youth, by targeted interventions in those sectors, amongst others.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 24, 2024

INSECURITY: ZAMFARA GOVERNOR BANS TRADITIONAL RULERS FROM ISSUING CONSENT LETTERS FOR MINING

INSECURITY: ZAMFARA GOVERNOR BANS TRADITIONAL RULERS FROM ISSUING CONSENT LETTERS FOR MINING

Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has signed an Executive Order prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining across the state.

The Executive Order was signed on Thursday at the Council Chambers, Government House, Gusau.

A statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, disclosed that the executive order was signed to stop one of the worst trends in the fight against banditry.

According to him, the order has banned all consent letters for mining. “This includes consent letters to individuals, companies, or organisations for mining activities.”

In his remarks, while signing the order, Governor Lawal reiterated that the decision was made due to the severe dangers posed by the rampant issuance of the consent letters.

He said: “Today, in my administration’s resolve to tackle insecurity, I signed an executive order prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining across the 14 local government areas of Zamfara.

“As the Attorney General rightly stated, the mining activities in Zamfara have been identified as a significant factor contributing to the worsening security situation of the state, especially the menace of banditry.

“As a responsible government, it is crucial that we take decisive action to resolve the issue of illegal mining operations that have been contributing to the crisis. That’s why I have signed the executive order. We are taking all necessary steps to rectify the problems bedevilling the issuance of consent letters, which have been recklessly abused.

“We beseech Almighty Allah to guide us as we serve and safeguard the lives and properties of the people.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 18, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL LAUNCHES 2024 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE EMBLEM, DONATES N5 MILLION TO ZAMFARA LEGIONNAIRES

GOVERNOR LAWAL LAUNCHES 2024 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE EMBLEM, DONATES N5 MILLION TO ZAMFARA LEGIONNAIRES

Governor Dauda Lawal has launched the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, pledging support for legionnaires and families of fallen heroes of the Armed Forces in Zamfara state.

At the launch on Friday, Governor Lawal was decorated with the remembrance emblem by the Chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Legion, Alhaji Aminu Ladan Mada, at the Government House, Gusau.

A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the state government has supported the Zamfara chapter of the Nigerian Legion with an appeal fund of N5 million naira.

He added that the Zamfara State government is dedicated to extending support to the appeal fund, which is particularly important given the significance of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

He said: “While launching the emblem for the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Gusau, Governor Lawal conveyed his resolve to support the Nigerian Legion, demonstrating his appreciation for the sacrifices made by fallen heroes.

In his remark, the governor highlighted some of his government’s support for the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion, including recruiting over 50 legionnaires into the Community Protection Guards.

“We must appreciate the contribution of our brave troops in the fight against banditry, terrorism, and other forms of criminality across the country.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure improved welfare for the Nigerian Legion and families of fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to maintain peace.

“Furthermore, we have enlisted 50 members of the Nigerian Legion to join the Community Protection Guards, a security unit that supports the troops in safeguarding our state.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 05, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL VISITS ZURMI LGA, SAYS BANDITRY WILL SOON BE OVER IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal has expressed his administration’s commitment to end banditry in Zamfara State.

On Thursday, the governor visited Zurmi local government and assured the people that banditry would soon be a thing of the past.

A statement by the spokesperson for the governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the visit to Zurmi LGA was to sympathise with the emirate and victims of the recent attack.

The statement commended President Tinubu’s administration for its efforts in fighting banditry in the State.

He said: “In his commitment to ensuring peace in Zamfara, Governor Dauda Lawal visited Zurmi local government area to sympathise with the emirate and its people. He pledged to increase security measures to prevent future attacks.

“The Governor was received by the Emir of Zurmi, His Royal Highness Alhaji Bello Suleiman, at the palace.”

While at the Zurmi LGA military formation, Governor Lawal commended and encouraged the troops with words of appreciation.

“We appreciate the federal government’s support, especially the increased presence of troops in volatile areas across the state. The security forces are doing an excellent job of securing the lives and properties of the people.”

The Governor visited internally displaced persons at GSS Zurmi, Government Secondary School Nasarawan Zurmi, and Primary School Dauran. He sympathised and assured them of his commitment to ending banditry in the State.

He presented the internally displaced persons with relief materials and promised to work towards returning them to their homes, where they rightfully belong.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
December 21, 202

GOV. LAWAL VISITS COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS TRAINING CAMP, VOWS TO END BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal has vowed to end the persisting problem of banditry in Zamfara State.

On Wednesday, the governor visited the Community Protection Guards (CPG) training camp, an initiative of his administration to combat banditry in the state.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the ongoing Community Protection Guards (CPG) training has instilled hope and confidence in the fight against insecurity in Zamfara.

According to him, the recruitment process for the Community Protection Guards (CPG) was a rigorous one, with 300 individuals selected from each of the 14 local government areas of the state.

Governor Lawal expressed confidence in the fight against insecurity and emphasised the need for collective responsibility to ensure peace in Zamfara.

During the visit, he said: “I am here today to witness the progress of the newly recruited Community Protection Guards (CPG) training.

“I urge you all (the recruits) to dedicate yourselves to the training as the task ahead is enormous and requires sacrifice for the motherland. We must come together for an effective result. One day, we will overcome the security challenges we face across Zamfara State.

“I am delighted with what I have seen at the training camp. It has raised my hopes, and I am confident that our rescue mission is on track, ensuring a better future for Zamfara.”

GOV. LAWAL CHAIRS SECURITY COUNCIL, SEEKS IMPROVED COLLABORATION AMONG SECURITY AGENCIES

Governor Dauda Lawal, on Thursday, sought improved collaboration and working synergy among security agencies in the State.

The Governor appealed while presiding over the Zamfara State Security Council meeting at the council chambers, Government House, Gusau.

According to a statement by the Spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the Council discussed crucial security issues.

In addition, the Governor emphasised the need for security agencies to work together and share information to enhance their effectiveness in combating banditry.

The statement said: “During the Zamfara Security Council meeting today, Governor Dauda Lawal led discussions on how to end the menace of banditry and other crimes in the State.

“He informed the members of the Security Council that the selection process for the Community Protection Guards’ steering committee has been concluded in all 14 local governments of the State. The training for the selected guards is scheduled to commence towards the end of this week.

“The Governor urged the heads of security agencies in Zamfara to increase patrols due to reports of bandit influx from neighbouring states.
He reiterated that the safety of lives and properties remains the topmost priority of his administration. He further stated that he is always prepared to furnish security agencies with adequate logistics and moral support to help them achieve this objective.

“He appealed to the heads of security agencies in the state to work collaboratively towards finding a more strategic and kinetic approach to ending the ongoing insecurity challenges.”

WE’LL COMMENCE TRAINING FOR ZAMFARA COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS, SAYS GOVERNOR LAWAL

Governor Dauda Lawal disclosed that his administration is making strides in the battle against banditry and related crimes in the state.

The Zamfara State Governor on Wednesday revealed that the first batch of the Community Protection Guards (CPG) recruited from all 14 Local Government Areas will be mobilised to the training camp within a week.

A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that Governor Lawal received the whitepaper of the transition committee at the council chamber, Government House Gusau.

He added that the whitepaper was presented by a committee led by Alhaji Bello Umar Karakkai, former Head of Service, Zamfara State.

“Governor Dauda Lawal, while speaking during the presentation of the whitepaper on the transition committee report, commended the committee for their thorough job of examining the report and presenting the Government’s position on the various issues and recommendations raised in the report.

“The Whitepaper Committee was informed by the need to satisfy the overriding interest of the public in studying the various recommendations and the issues raised by the Transition Committee 2023 and coming up with the Government’s position. This aligns with the Zamfara government’s quest to address the various issues relating to public service and the general administration.

“The Governor also appreciated both the Transition Committee and the writers of the Whitepaper on how they extensively examined a wide range of issues relating to the development of Zamfara State. These include the broader question of governance reform and its key components, such as public service and financial reforms.

“He further assured that in the course of the implementation of the Whitepaper, his government will be guided by the collective interest of the people in building a more secure and prosperous Zamfara State, which should rightfully occupy its place in the comity of the states of the federation.

“The State Government is committed to implementing the whitepaper as soon as it concludes the evaluation of the various positions adopted by the committee.

“Governor Lawal expressed commitment to taking concrete actions in response to the recommendations. As part of his well-rounded and effective response, we will establish administrative and judicial committees of inquiry where the need arises. These committees will be crucial in scrutinising and addressing the issues raised in the Whitepaper. The administrative committee will focus on implementing practical and policy-related recommendations, while the judicial committee will investigate various issues of impropriety committed by individuals and apply appropriate sanctions accordingly.”

GOVERNOR LAWAL CHAIRS SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, INAUGURATES COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARD (CPG)

Governor Dauda Lawal, on Wednesday, presided over the Zamfara State Security Council meeting. 

The meeting convened at the council chamber of the Government House in Gusau was attended by the heads of the State’s security agencies.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that Governor Lawal also inaugurated the steering committee of the Community Protection Guard (CPG).

He added that the council deliberated on various strategies to tackle the disturbing cases of banditry, kidnapping, and other criminal activities in the State.

The statement read in parts: “At the State Security Council meeting, Governor Dauda Lawal commended the effort of the security forces who put their lives in line to ensure a peaceful Zamfara.

“Governor Lawal was given a comprehensive update on the status of the remaining kidnapped victims and the measures implemented to guarantee their safe return. 

“The heads of the security agencies also reviewed the progress made so far in implementing previous security measures and made recommendations for further improvement.

“Similarly, at the end of the security council meeting, Governor Dauda Lawal inaugurated the Steering Committee for the Establishment of Community Protection Guards.

“The Committee has been constituted and entrusted with the primary responsibility of devising an implementable framework that will enable the immediate commencement of the activities of the proposed Community Protection Guards.

“The Committee is under the chairmanship of His Excellency, the State Deputy Governor, Malam Mani Malam Mumini, and its members selected from relevant stakeholders and organisations.

“The committee would study the problems experienced as a result of the activities of the banned ‘Yan Sa Kai’ and the suggestions outlined in the reports of the security agencies. To develop implementable ways of establishing the Community Protection Guard in the State.

“Furthermore, the committee is expected to propose the structure, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), enabling law and remunerations of the Community Protection Guard at State, Local Government, and Wards levels; To recommend best ways of recruiting the personnel to avoid engagement of unmerited persons in the job.

“To take any other measures deemed necessary for the successful conduct of the assignment; To Conclude the assignment and submit a report within 30 days.”