ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- As part of efforts to address the escalating security challenges, Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State signed into law the creation of the Sokoto Community Guard Corps on Thursday.
The state House of Assembly had earlier approved the governor’s proposal on December 21, emphasizing the need for a community-based security initiative.
Governor Aliyu, while signing the bill at the Government House, emphasized that the establishment of the Community Guard Corps is aimed at complementing the efforts of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration in ensuring the safety of the populace.
He clarified that the new security outfit is not intended to rival the police but rather to collaborate with existing security structures.
Expressing the significance of the milestone, Governor Aliyu acknowledged the prevailing insecurity in Sokoto State, particularly concerning banditry, which has disrupted the state’s historically peaceful environment.
He stated, “The creation of this security guard corps is geared towards supplementing the efforts of conventional security outfits to protect the lives and property of the people, especially at the grassroots.”
Governor Aliyu made it clear that the Sokoto Community Guard Corps is not a replacement for the police but a community-driven initiative focused on enhancing local security.
He called upon existing security agencies to support and collaborate with the new outfit, emphasizing their role in providing essential support and information from localities.
Addressing security agencies, he said, “Let me, at this junction, reiterate our administration’s commitment in the area of security to ensure the protection of lives and property of the people of the state.”
He urged cooperation and synergy between the newly established Community Guard Corps and established security forces to achieve a safer state for all.