Insecurity: North-West Governors to train vigilante — Masari disclosed
By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
GOVERNORS of the North-West, alongside their Niger State counterpart from the North Central, have agreed to trained and deployed vigilante group members in the ongoing fight against banditry in their respective States.
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari made the disclosure today, Monday, while delivering a paper presentation at a special training session at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja, noting that, the State government is committing one hundred million naira every month as support to security agencies operating in the State without which he said the entire process could be collapsed.
Masari said providing the trained vigilante group was intended to support security personnel fully committed in the fight against crimes and criminals in the North-West region.
In the paper entitled ‘Governance, Security and sustainable development in Africa, :Nexus, challenges and prospect, The Katsina state experience’, he said the State government had on its part started the training program with five hundred members of the vigilante group selected from the 34 local government areas as the first batch.
According to him, the training would be sustained to ensure all the local governments have trained members of vigilante group members.
He, however, declared that the training program aimed at addressing security challenges had been fully supported by the Inspector gen of police.
Governor Masari who went on memory lane in tracing the history of security challenges that cut across sub-Saharan African countries, attributed it to boarder’s opening that resulted in the influx of lighter arms 6 ammunitions, as well as hard drugs into the country, couple with the fall of the Libyan President, Muammar Ghadafi, full out of Mali and chad governments.
The Katsina State Governor, however, said the problem is surmountable if Government within the region work toward the desired direction.
According to him, the state government had, apart from the ongoing training program, also amended local government law to provide for full involvement of traditional and religious leaders as well as leaders of various traditional trades in supporting toward providing security at their respective communities.