No fewer than 3,000 civilians are to be trained to augment security and tackle crimes in Katsina State.
500 personnel had already been trained by the Mobile Police unit of the Nigeria Police Force and had been deployed to frontline local government areas in the State, which have a history of frequent terrorist attacks.
The State Governor’s Special Adviser on Security matters, Ahmad Katsina, who confirmed the development, said another batch of 600 personnel would be trained and deployed “anytime from now”. According to him, the arrangement is part of the three-tier security network under the state community security network which also involves traditional rulers and security officials in the state.
He added that activities of the personnel were being coordinated by his office. The Special Adviser added, “Our target is to have 3,000 trained personnel who will assist security officials in the state. We shall have at least 88 of such personnel in each council.
“We have already trained 500 personnel at the Mobile Police Force Unit and we have deployed them. Anytime from now, we are training another batch of 600 who will also be deployed. In all, we shall have 3,000 personnel who will be deployed to all the 34 councils in the State. They will be coordinated through the office of the Security Adviser. It is part of the three-tier-community security arrangement aimed at curbing crimes especially terrorism on the State”.