Senate Condemns Planned Arming Of Vigilante Groups In Zamfara
The Senate has deplored an alleged plan by the Zamfara state government to arm vigilante groups in the state.
Senator Mohammed Bashir who made this known during the Senate’s plenary session said the decision of the state government to arm the vigilante groups is capable of further jeopardizing the fragile security situation in the state.
The lawmakers said the indiscriminate arming of vigilante groups is not limited to Zamfara state as many groups and individuals across the country are armed which could worsen the fragile security situation in the country.
In the face of the worsening security situation in the country particularly in the north, residents and military personnel are devising ways of confronting the problem as a youth vigilante group known as civilian JTF in Borno state has been active in fishing out insurgents.
Some lawmakers argued that the move raises some concerns about the nation’s security apparatus.
They rejected the recommendation asking President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the Zamfara state governor to rescind his decision to arm vigilante groups in the state but asked President Jonathan to deploy more security personnel to Zamfara and other states with similar security challenges.[CHANNELS]