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March 26, 2024

Insecurity: Give us more troops in Zamfara, Gov Lawal urges Chief of Defence Staff

Insecurity: Give us more troops in Zamfara, Gov Lawal urges Chief of Defence Staff

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has called for an increase in the number of troops deployed to Zamfara State.

He made the request on Monday when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Gwabin Musa, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the governor met with the Defence Chief to discuss the security situation in Zamfara. 

He said that during the meeting, the governor expressed concern over the resurgence of attacks in parts of the state. 

He appealed to the Chief of Defence Staff to deploy more troops and necessary weapons to the state.

According to the governor, “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 CPG, were set on fire by bandits.

“We are experiencing a shortage of personnel in Zamfara as some officers have been redeployed to the North-East.

“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 mobilise and deploy more 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.” 

Responding, CDS appreciated Governor Lawal’s efforts in fighting banditry in Zamfara.

He said, “I want to express my appreciation for your efforts in combating 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 sadden us.”