Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State said seven states in the North West and North Central have agreed to recruit 3,000 special vigilantes to assist in combating banditry and kidnapping.
Masari disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of a Consultative Meeting with the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and traditional rulers, in Katsina on Tuesday, September 21.
He said the vigilantes will be trained by the Nigeria Police Force.
According to him, governors of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, and Nasarawa states had met and also agreed to recruit the personnel to assist security agencies in addressing the security peculiarities in their states.
“I am not speaking for myself, but on behalf of the governors of the above-mentioned states.
“In fact, they are supposed to be at this consultative meeting we are holding here in Katsina, but I am speaking on their behalf.
“The issue of banditry in the North West and parts of North Central has transformed to insurgency, therefore, we developed different mechanisms to fight the menace.
“There are over 150 groups of bandits in the forests that owed allegiance to their different leaders.
“These people don’t have ideology, religion, or sense of direction, they are just like wild animals,” Masari said.
The governor noted that the fight against insecurity in the society should be a collective effort; and urged the citizenry to support security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) has urged the media to complement the government’s efforts; in the fight against fake news and misinformation in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha gave the advice on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
He spoke at the training of “Communication Managers on Fake News and Hate Speech’’ in Abuja.
The training was organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
Mustapha described fake news as false and misleading information presented as news.
The FG urged media practitioners and managers to assist in bridging the divide between governments and citizens; in terms of the implementation of government reform policies and programmes.