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 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.”