Efforts to curb the incessant banditry in southern Kaduna has received a boost with the graduation of 98 youths trained by the Operation SAFE HAVEN.
Specifically, they will assist security agencies on surveillance and information gathering.
The graduation ceremony, which took place at Headquarters Sector 7 Kafanchan, saw youths selected from all the communities and ethnic groups in southern Kaduna passed out in a colourful graduation ceremony.
Speaking to the grandaunts, the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Ibrahim Ali, charged the youths to distance themselves from sentiment and discharge their duty without fear or favour.
He stressed that the essence of the training is to ensure that the communities are protected against enemies of peace. General Ali also warned the youths not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs by some persons to achieve their selfish goals.
Commander Sector 7, Operation SAFE HAVEN, Colonel Timothy Opurum, noted that the training of the youths was necessary considering the importance of peace to development
He revealed that the team of the Joint Civilian Task Force comprised of youths selected from seven major ethnic groups in Kafanchan, Kauru, Kaura, and Jama’a Local Government Areas of the southern part of Kaduna State.
Colonel Timothy stated that the trained youths would be deployed to various communities alongside security agencies. He added that the presence of the Civilian Joint Task Force will aid the security agencies to fish out bad eggs who connive with bandits to perpetrate evil in the communities.
The highlight of the graduation ceremony was a march past parade and light combat demonstration by the grandaunts to the admiration of the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN.