Insecurity: Lagos council employs 50 vigilantes to fight crime

Vigilante group in Nigeria

Theft and armed robbery increased on Lagos Mainland, an official said.

The Supervisor for Marketing and Revenue, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Bamidele Agbaje, said the council had recruited 50 vigilantes to checkmate the activity of criminals in the locality.

Mr. Agbaje told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the security measures would help reduce the activities of hooligans and other miscreants disturbing residents of the area.

He said that the council took the decision due to various complaints by residents of increasing criminal activities.

“The residents have been telling us that they are being disturbed by armed robbers who used to fire series of gun shots at night.

“The local government has provided vigilantes to protect the people from these hoodlums, who dislodge law-abiding residents of their belongings,” he said.

Mr. Agbaje also said that a patrol vehicle was provided by the Lagos State Government to assist the vigilantes in performing their duties.

“The council is impressed that the security measure has helped in reducing the number of touts and armed robbers in the streets of the local government,” he said.

The council official said that the number of the vigilantes would be increased in the future, as the security of the people was the top priority of the council.

Insecurity has worsened in various parts of Nigeria with armed robbery, kidnappings, and other vices on the rise. Many communities, council, and states have thus resorted to self help forming and recruiting vigilante who sometimes cooperate with the ineffective, under-equipped and understaffed Nigeria Police to reduce crime.


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