Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari to jettison alleged plans to recruit no fewer than 8,500 Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the state.
Governor Yari had weeks ago commenced the recruitment of 8,500 CJTF across the state to tackle the banditry in the state.
The governor said he acted based on the advice of the state security council and other critical stakeholders.
The national coordinator of the Good Governance Team (GGT), Mr. Tunde Salman, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday said such move is suspicious and capable of undermining peace in the state.
“Recruitments few months to the general elections could be seen as institutional vote buying or deployed to create fiscal and political obstacle to undermine their successors. Most of our political leadership are very mischievous,” Salman said.
On her part, the executive director, Partners West Africa –Nigeria, Mrs. Kemi Okenyodo, said it is worrisome to be planning to engage informal policing group especially as 2019 elections are close.
“One needs to find out what has changed between 2016 till date. The underlying motive for recruitment and control of informal policing groups (which Vigilante groups is a typology) is the source of worry. They can be used as political thugs as the 2019 elections get closer,” she said.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa (APC, Zamfara) has accused the governor of planning to use the CJTF to destabilize the 2019 elections in the state. He recalled that the governor had in 2016 banned the activities of the vigilante in the state.