Police, Military attitude in fighting banditry is frustrating —Governor laments

Police, Military attitude in fighting banditry is frustrating —Governor laments



Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State has expressed frustration over the lackluster response of federal security agencies to combat banditry in the North-West region. He cited this as the reason behind the establishment of the Community Protection Guards in January to address security challenges.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Governor Lawal highlighted the political complexities surrounding security issues in the state and criticized the inadequacy of the security forces’ presence and effectiveness. He emphasized the urgent need for political will to tackle the banditry menace, asserting that with proper determination, the situation could be resolved within two weeks.

Lawal accused certain political adversaries of engaging in secret negotiations with bandits, undermining the government’s efforts to address the crisis. Despite his appeals for assistance from service chiefs and discussions with President Bola Tinubu, he lamented the absence of decisive action against the perpetrators.

The governor also addressed the persistence of illegal mining activities and the dire state of education in Zamfara, declaring a state of emergency and implementing measures to improve educational facilities and access.

Regarding the broader issue of security, Lawal advocated for the establishment of state police forces, echoing calls from other governors and socio-political groups. He highlighted existing state-owned security outfits across Nigeria and emphasized the need for constitutional amendments to empower these agencies effectively.

In February, President Tinubu and governors from all states deliberated on the need for state police as a strategic response to the country’s security challenges. Sixteen governors have since submitted reports supporting this initiative to the National Economic Council, with the remaining governors’ decisions awaited.

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