In a united effort against terrorism, security forces in Zamfara, in partnership with the state government, have initiated joint patrol operations on critical highways. The move was prompted by concerns raised by Governor Dauda Lawal at the recent State Security Council meeting regarding bandit activities on these routes.
Identified as high-risk zones were highways like Gusau – Funtua, Magami – Dangulbi – Dan Kurmi – Anka, and Magami – Dansadau. The state government has declared the mobilisation of mobile security personnel to these locations a crucial step in combating terrorism.
In a statement released by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, it was noted that the Army, Airforce, and Police form the joint security personnel patrolling these volatile routes. Governor Lawal had previously urged the military and police chiefs to deploy CSK armoured and Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles to sustain a constant presence on these highways. The state government is providing the necessary logistical support.
The introduction of security personnel on these highways has fostered a sense of peace and safety among the public in the last two days. The state government has also closed markets known to serve as trading centers for stolen cattle, reinforcing its commitment to ending this unlawful activity and promoting communal safety.
Additionally, the state government has completed arrangements to start recruiting and training civilian JTF, as approved by the Governor.