Zamfara concludes plan to train civilian JTF
The Zamfara State Government has concluded arrangement to train the newly recruited 8,500 civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) recently established in the state.
Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar of the state, who was speaking after a joint security meeting with emirs, security chiefs and stakeholders at Government House, Gusau, said the training was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the newly recruited civilian JTF in the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government,
Professor Abdullahi Muhammad Shinkafi, while addressing newsmen said that those recruited would receive training from security agencies in the state.
According to Shinkafi, out of the 500 people that were recruited from each of the 17 Emirate councils, 200 of them would be assigned for intelligent gathering, while 300 would assist security in leading to the criminals’ dens.
He maintained that the idea of recruiting civilian JTF had received wide commendation both within and outside the state by those who sympathized with people and government on the incessant killings and kidnapping in the state.
Professor Shinkafi revealed that since the pronouncement of the state government’s decision to recruit the beneficiaries, many citizens have given their advices individually and collectively, adding that eventually all the advices have tallied with those of the state government.
Commenting on how and when the training will commence, the secretary to the state government explained that security would come out with schedule of training and other necessity for the operations in the state.
It could be recalled that Governor Yari of the state has recently warned security that banditry must stop and approved the recruitment of 8,500 civilian JTF and placed reward of N1 million to anyone who revealed any bandit who is in possession
of weapon in the state.
Yari, who was worried over incessant killings, kidnapping and armed banditry, said with all men and women security agents, bandits have continued with their nefarious activities in the state.
According to him, the state government is doing its best to curtail the situation.
“We now agreed to engage civilians like vigilant group, hunters, men and women of integrity to help us end the banditry,” he said.
He disclosed that those criminals that perpetrate kidnapping, were believed to have been the areindigenes, if not, they collaborate with those that understand the terrain of the area.
The governor had approved that in each of the 17 Emirate councils, 500 persons would be employed with allowances of N15,000 monthly.