Nigeria Police to screen vigilante groups

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Thursday, directed all commissioners of police to ensure the adequate screening of vigilante groups across Nigeria.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said this was aimed at ensuring that the groups abide by relevant regulations and avoid any form of abuse.

He noted that Mr. Abba instructed that an officer be appointed in all the police state commands in Nigeria to oversee the activities of the vigilante groups and deliver regular reports on them.

The directive comes about 24 hours after over 70 Boko Haram members were killed by some local hunters in Maiha Local Government area of Adamawa State.

Maiha fell into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents after a fierce battle with the Nigerian troops on Monday.

However, the local hunters ambushed the insurgents and killed them in their dozens.

The insurgents have taken over many towns and villages in Adamawa State, including Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and many others.

Mr. Ojukwu said a warning was also issued by the IGP, against the use of thugs by politicians, stating that both thugs and sponsors would be arrested and prosecuted.

He said the directive became imperative to ensure a the forthcoming general elections were free of violence.


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    What is this policeman saying? Is he not happy that the Civilian JTF has done what they, the police and military, could not do? The higher authorities must keep an eye on this IGP, if he is not acting on behalf of some oga at the top, to make sure he does not frustrate the work of the Civilian JTF.

  • amazing2012

    Shame unto you ! Screening who ? After the Boko Haram have dealt with you now you want to screen heroes ? Or you want to tell Boko Haram who they are ? Instead to suppor them with all your vehicles, arms and money, now you want to screen them. Let’s the screening took place in sambisa forest. Coward, women, lazy, betrayals ! Shame, shame and shame !

  • growthengine

    We will naturally gradually gravitate to State Police, just watch, necessity outweighs the fears.

  • Chris1408

    Boko Haram is truly PDP armed wings. Now the police is trying to find out the identity of the hunters and divulge it to their master, Shekau

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  • Abdulkarim Santuraki

    why this directive now that volunteers are succeeding where the Armed forces of the Nation have failed, don’t the people have constitutional rights to protect their lives and properties if the Government is subdued, who is this IG working for any way, the people or certain interest?

    • samal54

      Government must not create controversy over the success of the hunters, even though it is important to instill discipline and control over the hunters.

  • King Carlos

    Could this be an attempt to undermine the vigilantes? Whrn the centre cannot hold again, the north east has turned to Thomas Hobbes state of nature.

    • samal54

      It must be rejected. The hunters must work for their country.

  • Adamawa

    Now clearly comfirmed that Government is behind bokoHaram, now that their boys have suffered defeat they want to sabotage the effort of the vigilante. when BH have a field day killings no statement from the IG. we know you are just rermote control by oga at the top.

    • samal54

      Any attempt to stop or restrict the hunters from dealing with boko haram will not be welcome by patriotic Nigerians. They should work with the military for a better result.

  • SAM BABALOLA

    These courageous and patriotic Vigilantees should help Nigeria to screen the police .

  • samal54

    No attempt should be made by the authorities to clip these glaringly performing vigilante groups. Rather every effort should be capitalized now to use the local hunters to complement the Nigerian military for eventual, perpetual routing of the insurgents; even in the Sambisa forest. This is an opportunity the government cannot afford to miss. What is important now is to see the end of the insurgency. Who did it is not too important in the face of the prevailing ferocity of the insurgents. Use the hunters now!