Kaduna to legalise vigilante as insecurity persists

Vigilante group in Nigeria

Kaduna state looks to locally funded vigilante groups to check the security threats in the state.

 

Kaduna State will legalise vigilante groups in order to provide adequate security for its residents, the state government said on Thursday.

The government said the legalisation of the vigilante groups in the state has become imperative as it will assist in securing the lives and property of people at the grassroots.

The Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kish Adamu, represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Aminu, said this to newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting in Kaduna.

He said the community members will share in the cost of the operations of the vigilante groups.

He said the financial responsibility of the group would be shared between the community, state and local governments.

“It is expected that the burden of shouldering it would be primarily handled at the grassroots.

“The community would continue to bear the expenses, but the local governments will also play a major role in the financing and operation, and wherever possible, the state would also come in to assist,’’ the commissioner said.

Mr. Adamu said the public, and corporate bodies, are also expected to assist in sustaining the operations of the vigilante service to ensure peace in the state.

“We have to be responsible. We shouldn’t expect the security outfits to be able to do everything in terms of policing the state,” he said.

He said the council had approved a draft bill on the establishment of vigilante service, which would be submitted to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.

“Vigilante groups are community- based, they emerge and function within their locality with the view to assisting the security agencies in maintaining law and order, ensuring that miscreants don’t pose a lot of threat to the people,” he said.

Kaduna has been faced with various kinds of violence, from that by the dreaded Boko Haram, to communal and ethnic clashes, and also attack by armed robbers.

Mr. Adamu called on the people to assist security agencies to address security challenges, as it had affected developments in the state and the nation at large.

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