The Zamfara government has approved the recruitment of 2000 personnel into the State Anti-thuggery outfit.
Bello Bakyasuwa, the Chairman of the State Anti-thuggery Standing Committee, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Gusau on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the committee was established by Gov. Bello Matawalle under Executive Order 2 to fight thuggery, drugs abuse and other related crimes across the state.
“Yes, Gov Bello Matawalle recently gave us approval for the recruitment of 2000 personnel comprising males and females into the anti-thuggery outfit in the state.
“We received applications from 6700 candidates comprising males and females seeking the job, we are currently on the recruitment exercise.
“Apart from 2000 personnel to be recruited, we are going to recruit additional volunteer personnel.
“This is part of the state government’s commitments to expand the activities of fighting against thuggery, drugs abuse and other related crimes across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Immediately after the recruitment, we are going to deploy the newly recruited personnel to their respective LGAs,” he said.
Mr Bakyasuwa said that the committee had from its inception to date drastically reduced the activities of thugs, drugs abuse, social vices and other related crimes in the state.
The committee chairman reiterated its determination to rid the state of thuggery, drugs abuse and other related crimes.
He cautioned political parties and politicians against sponsoring youths into thuggery, drugs abuse and other related crimes in the state.
According to him, the committee would not allow anyone to cause unrest in the state in the name of politics.
“As I always say, the committee was established by the state government not on political reasons but to enhance the security situation and ensure protection of lives and properties of the citizens.
“We are not meant for political reasons or witch-hunting, we are mandated to complement the efforts of the government and security agencies in tackling the security challenges facing the state,” Mr Bakyasuwa added.