Deploy more troops to Zamfara— Gov Lawal urges Chief of Defence Staff

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Gov Dauda Lawal of Zamfara state with the Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa during the Gov’s visit to CDS in Abuja recently

Deploy more troops to Zamfara: Gov Lawal urges Defence Chief

Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara state has urged the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin  Musa to increase the number of troops to the state, following the resurgence of attacks in some parts of  the state.

The Governor, according to a statement by his Media aide Suleiman Bala Idris made the plea when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff, at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja recently.

Idris disclosed that the Governor met with the Defence Chief to discuss the security situation in Zamfara state.

During the meeting, Governor Lawal expressed concerns over the resurgence of attacks in some parts of Zamfara and appealed to the Chief of Defence Staff to deploy more troops and necessary weapons to the state.

“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 bandits’ attacks in some areas of the state.

“Yesterday, an attack occurred in Tsafe Local Government, resulting in fatalities, including a member of our Community Protection Guards (CPG). Military operational vehicles, including those of the Community Protection Guards, were set on fire by bandits.

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

“Farmers are unable to go to their farms, and the continuous assaults have claimed numerous lives.

“I would like to use this opportunity to urge you to mobilize and deploy 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, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, appreciated Governor Lawal’s efforts in fighting banditry in Zamfara.

He said: “I want to express my appreciation for your efforts in combatting 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 saddened us.”

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