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Political Interference Fuels Insecurity in Zamfara – Governor Lawal

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has said political interference and a lack of control over security mechanisms are key factors exacerbating banditry and insecurity in the North West.

Gov. Lawal  disclosed this at a Security Summit and Town Hall organized by Channels TV and monitored by WikkiTimes.

Governor Lawal highlighted some of the challenges he faces as the chief security officer of the state without command over the armed forces and police. 

He questioned the inability of Nigeria’s arm forces to eliminate internal security threats despite their proven capacity to handle external missions successfully.

“Political interference is the major factor here. If we don’t have that, believe me, the military has the capacity to crush these elements,” he stated. 

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The Governor emphasized that the same military forces had excelled in foreign missions in Liberia, Somalia, and Sierra Leone, but political meddling at home has hampered their effectiveness. 

He lamented his lack of control over the military, police, and civil defense corps, which leaves his efforts to combat insecurity fruitless. 

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“We are playing with human lives; everything is political. Why can’t we face this head-on?” he said, expressing frustration shared by many governors dealing with security challenges.

Recall that Zamfara state governor had accused the federal government of negotiating with bandits in the state without is consent or involvement. 

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Lawal advocated for constitutional amendments that would grant state governors control over security structures or allow them to establish their own security apparatus, such as state police. 

He argued that such changes could significantly reduce criminal activities and improve overall security. 

“Without security, there will be no meaningful development,” Lawal noted, stressing the dire situation in Zamfara and other northern states, including Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Sokoto.

WikkiTimes reports that the Zamfara State Police Command announced the arrest of several high-profile individuals, including a former State Assembly member, an ex-local government chairman, and a district head, for their alleged involvement in insecurity in the state. 

This was revealed by the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, Muhammad Dalijan, during a meeting with Thomas Parker, an officer in charge of the Counterterrorism Unit under the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Governor Lawal’s call for restructuring and greater autonomy over state security reflects a growing sentiment among regional leaders that current centralized security arrangements are inadequate for addressing local threats effectively.

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