Sokoto State Governor Ahmed Aliyu took a significant step on Thursday by signing into law the bill that establishes the Sokoto Community Guard Corps. This move, approved by the state House of Assembly on December 21, reflects the administration’s commitment to enhancing local security in the face of growing challenges.
While signing the bill at the Government House, Governor Aliyu emphasized that the establishment of the Sokoto Community Guard Corps was not intended to rival the police but rather to complement their efforts in ensuring the safety and security of the populace.
Governor Aliyu stated, “The signing into law of this Sokoto Community Guard Corps is a very important milestone in the lives of this administration. Sokoto State is facing insecurity, especially banditry, destabilizing the peaceful nature the state is known for. We pledge to do everything humanly possible to maintain peace and security in the state.”
He clarified that the community guard corps is not a substitute for the Sokoto police but rather a local initiative aimed at supporting conventional security outfits. The primary focus is on safeguarding lives and property, particularly at the grassroots level.
In a call for collaboration, Governor Aliyu urged security agencies to view the community guard corps as allies rather than rivals. He emphasized their role in providing essential support and information from localities to strengthen the overall security apparatus.
“Security agencies, please know that they are not your rivals; they are there to assist you and to give you all the necessary support and information from their localities,” the governor reiterated.
Governor Aliyu concluded by reaffirming his administration’s commitment to security, ensuring the protection of lives and property across Sokoto State. The Sokoto Community Guard Corps is positioned as a collaborative effort to address local security challenges and contribute to the broader national objective of a safe and secure state.