Insecurity: Zamfara Gov’t orders issuance of gun licenses to eligible residents

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Insecurity: Zamfara Gov’t orders issuance of gun licenses to eligible residents

Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano

The Zamfara State Government has on Sunday asked residents to arm themselves against rampaging terrorists operating in the state.

Decrying the high level of attacks in the state, the state authorities in a statement made available to the press directed the Commissioner of Police to issue a gun license to those eligible to bear arms.

The government said it is ready to facilitate securing of basic weapons for the people, especially farmers, to defend themselves.

The statement signed by Ibrahim Dosara, Commissioner of Information reads:

“Following increase in the activities of bandits in various parts of the state and the government’s commitment to ensure adequate security and protection of lives and property of the citizenry in the state, particularly during this rainy season, the government has resolved to take further measures to deal with the recent escalating attacks, kidnapping and the criminal levies being enforced on our innocent communities.

“This act of terrorism has been a source of worry and concern to the people and the government of the state. Therefore, in order to deal decisively with the situation in our respective communities, the government has no option than to take the following measures:

“Government has henceforth, directed individuals to prepare and obtain guns to defend themselves against the bandits, as government has directed the state commissioner of police to issue licenses to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain such guns to defend themselves.

“People are strictly warned and advised to make sure that any information or intelligence about an informant must be true and nothing but the truth, as all information on such informants must carry correct data on the suspects, including their pictures, correct names, address, occupation and witness to testify the genuity of the information given, as government is taking punitive measures against anyone found as informant. Any person who gives wrong information against anybody, will be served the same punishment with an informant and will be treated as such.

“Government has requested the state House of Assembly to pass, as a matter of urgency, the informants bill before it, to enable government take the drastic measures on informants as contained in the bill.

“Government has ordered for the recruitment of 200 additional Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 emirates of the state, making it 500 per emirate, to increase their manpower and strengthen its force and capacity to deal with the bandits.”

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