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  • Updated: March 26, 2024

Insecurity: Governor Lawal meets CDS, seeks deployment of more troops

Insecurity: Governor Lawal meets CDS, seeks deployment of mo

Zamfara Governor, Dauda Lawal has met with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa seeking to deploy more troops to tackle insecurity in the state.

Suleiman Bala Idris, the governor's spokesman disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Gusau, the state capital.

According to Idris, the Governor made the plea on Monday while discussing the state's security situation with the CDS, adding that he was concerned over the resurgence of attacks in some parts of the state. 

He noted the shortage of officers in the fight against terrorists and lamented the resurgence of the attacks that have deprived farmers of attending to their farms. 

The governor said: “Today, I am here to discuss the issue of insecurity that has been affecting Zamfara State. I was here a few months ago for the same reason.

"Recently, there have been recurring issues with bandit attacks in some areas of the state. Yesterday (Sunday), an attack occurred in Tsafe LGA, resulting in fatalities, including a member of our Community Protection Guards (CPG). Military operational vehicles, including those of the Community Protection Guards, were set on fire by bandits.

"We are experiencing a shortage of personnel in Zamfara as some officers have been redeployed to the Northeast. Farmers are unable to tend to their farms, and the continuous assaults have claimed numerous lives.

"I would like to use this opportunity to urge you to mobilize and deploy troops to Zamfara. Such action is crucial for combating the threat of insecurity and reinstating peace in the state.

"The deployment of security forces will undoubtedly uplift the people's spirits and discourage criminals from engaging in their nefarious deeds.” 

On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, appreciated the Governor's efforts in fighting banditry in Zamfara and assured him of the commitment of the army to address the issue of attacks in the state.

He said: “I want to express my appreciation for your efforts in combatting insecurity. We plan to adjust and reposition resources using the same approach as Maiduguri.

“We are convening a conference with all theatre commanders and stakeholders to address the issue of attacks, which deeply saddens us.”

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