NIGERIA. Zamfara State: The state administration of Zamfara State in Northwestern Nigeria has ordered its citizens to purchase firearms so they may defend themselves against bandits, kidnappers, and other security concerns.
Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the Zamfara state’s commissioner of information, claims that the resolution was made as a result of the state’s growing banditry and other insecurity problems.
The government must take immediate action because this has turned into a serious threat to the locals.
“The government has henceforth, directed individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against the bandits, as the government has directed the state commissioner of police to issue a license to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves,” Dosara noted.
Dosara further stated that Bello Muhammad Matawalle’s administration is fully prepared to help farmers obtain firearms and other weapons for self-defense and to aid in the state’s war against insurgency.
“About 500 forms have been distributed to the 19 emirates councils in the state for people willing to secure guns for self-defense,” Dosara said.
“For every resident to have access to guns and other basic weapons, he must apply through the state Commissioner of Police,” Dosara said.
According to the state’s police commissioner, CP Ayuba N. Elkanah, there will be special locations set aside for receiving intelligence information about informants in the state. Anyone who provides false information to the police about banditry informants will be treated as an informant, so everyone should exercise caution when sharing information.
To supplement the fight against insurgency and banditry, Dosara revealed that the state administration has also announced the recruitment of roughly 200 Community Protection Guards in each of the state’s 19 emirates councils.
It also said that the state would establish a special committee made up of former Police Commissioners to assist in the fight against insurgency.
The Commissioner also said that markets and gas stations would be closing, and there will be movement restrictions in the local government regions of Gusau and Tsafe.
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