Banditry: Police deploy over 977 security personnel to strategic places in Zamfara
The Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Police Command, Usman Nagogo, says the command has deployed 977 personnel to strategic points across the state as part of its efforts to tackle banditry and the general insecurity in the state.
Mr Nagogo, who disclosed this at a news conference in Gusau on Thursday, said the personnel deployed are made up of combined security forces.
According to him, the security agencies in the state in collaboration with the state government had resolved to approach the state’s security by using the carrot and stick approach.
He said that the resultant effect of this approach was that for the first time, hundreds of captives were released and hundreds of sophisticated weapons voluntarily surrendered by bandits.
Mr Nagogo added that hundreds of locally made weapons were recovered from some members of the local militia group popularly known as Yansakai.
According to him, the state government requested for more personnel of the mobile police force, who were used along with the military to curtail the activities of unrepentant bandits.
“As I am talking to you now, we have combined forces of 80 well-armed personnel in Bindin, 145 personnel in Mashayar Zaki/Yartasha, 75 personnel in Mayanchi, 65 personnel in Kwantaragi of Maru LGA, 147 personnel in Akawo, 63 personnel in Kwali.
“Other stations are Sauna – 63 personnel; Gemawa 30 personnel, 82 personnel in Sakajiki, 127 personnel in Kurar Mota, as well as 100 personnel of the Special Forces being used in case of any threat.
“It is worthy to note that all these personnel posted to these places are being paid their allowances, feeding and any other entitlements that may crop up from time to time by the Zamfara State Government.
“There are also hundreds of personnel that are on standby to be deployed to other vulnerable areas in the state,” the Police commissioner said.