The Zamfara State government has insisted that it will go ahead with its plan to arm vigilante groups to improve security in the state but added that it will not break the laws of the land in the process.
The government’s stance comes on the heels of a statement by the Force Headquarters that the embargo on granting of licenses for firearms was still in force.
Speaking to the BBC Hausa Service, the Zamfara State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin Magaji, said the number of policemen in the state is not enough to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.
“What I am saying here is that we are going to explore means according to the law of the land on this matter,” he said.
“The number of police in Zamfara State is inadequate, we have only 4,000 plus police in the whole state who are expected to protect the lives and properties of the whole population,” he said
According to Alhaji Magaji, the arms would be distributed to the vigilantes in their areas of residence and who are familiar with the nook and cronies of the state.
He said “The idea is to enhance the security in the state and help the security personnel in carrying out their duties by taking them round the state. That is why we are working with the police to train them on arms handling.”