Insecurity: Sokoto governor inaugurates community guards, urges closer ties among northern governors

Gov. Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State on Saturday appealed for collaborative efforts among Governors in northern states toward tackling the lingering security challenges in the region.

Aliyu made the plea at the inauguration of Community Guards Corps (CGC), in Sokoto. The youths had received three months training organised by the state government in its efforts to tackle security challenges.

The governor also inaugurated 30 Hilux vehicles and motorcycles alongside other working tools to be used by the corps for operations. Aliyu identified collective action and support for conventional security agencies as crucial in addressing the national security challenges.

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He also expressed concern over the frequent attacks that had consumed many lives and displaced many people while many had been abducted.

Aliyu identified armed banditry as one of the challenges that stagnated development in the northern region and appealed for collective action against the menace.

He said the initiative by different state governments was meant to complement the activities of statutory security agencies, saying that community policing remained the best strategy to edge out criminals.

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”I want to assure the residents that we are on track and we will continue to fulfill our pledge toward ensuring a secured and habitable environment for all,” he said.

While assuring more support to CGC personnel, the governor tasked the corps on trust and selfless service to their nation.

In his remark, the Chairman of Northwest state governors and Katsina State governor, Dr Dikko Radda, admonished the trained community guards to be responsible, committed and fearless in the discharge of their duties.