Insecurity: Zamfara Govt Directs Citizens To Obtain Guns To Defend Themselves
By: Femi Mustapha
The Zamfara state government has directed its citizens to obtain guns to defend themselves against bandits and acts of terrorism bedeviling the state, but which has to be licensed by the state police command.
In a statement signed by the Hon. Commissioner for Information, Zamfara State, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the government said the measure was taken to stem the spate of the insecurity in the state and especially secure farmers in the state among others.
The state government further directed the state commissioner of Police to grant licenses to interested applicants to facilitate the protection of lives and property in the state.
Hear him “Following increase in the activities of bandits in various parts of the state and the government commitment to ensure adequate security and protection of lives and property of the citizenry in the state, particularly during this rainy season, the government has resolved to take further measures to deal with the recent escalating attacks, kidnapping and the criminal levies being enforced on our innocent communities.
“This act of terrorism has been a source of worry and concern for the people and government of the state. Therefore, in order to deal decisively with the situation in our respective communities, the government has no option but to take the following measures:
“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 licenses to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves. The government is ready to facilitate people, especially our farmers, secure basic weapons to defend themselves. The government has already concluded arrangement to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the state for those willing to obtain guns to defend themselves.
“People must apply from the Commissioner of Police, license to own guns and such other basic weapons to be used in defending themselves.
“A secretariat or centre will be established for the collection of intelligence on the activities of informants.
“People are strictly warned and advised to make sure that any information or intelligence about an informant must be true and nothing but the truth, as all information on such informants, must carry correct data on the suspects, including their pictures, correct names, addresses, occupation and witness to testify the Genuity of the information given, as the government is taking punitive measures against anyone found as an informant. Any person who gives wrong information against anybody will be served the same punishment as an informant and will be treated as such.
“Government has requested the state House of Assembly to pass, as a matter of urgency, the informants bill before it, to enable government takes the drastic measures on informants as contained in the bill.
” Government has ordered for the recruitment of 200 additional Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 emirates of the state, making it 500 per emirate, to increase their manpower and strengthen its force and capacity to deal with the bandits.”