Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on Thursday announced a reward of N1m for every illegal AK-47 rifle returned to the state government.
The governor, who announced this at a news conference in Gusau, said the gesture had become necessary following the unabated increase in crime, especially abduction, in the state.
He wondered why, “in 2015, with just about 250 soldiers, the crime rate was low; but with over 1,600 soldiers of different categories, we cannot contain crime in the state.”
Yari said with the proposed engagement of 8,500 youths as civilian task force, those involved would be better equipped in the fight against armed banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping in the state.
He said that many of the youths that would be engaged would come from the rural areas where the crime rate was higher.
Concise News reports that armed bandits have continued to storm various communities in the state, especially at the rural areas where they kill, maim, abduct people and burn houses, shops and other properties.