Don’t shield in­sur­gents, vig­i­lantes warned

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Com­man­dant-Gen­eral of the Vig­i­lante Group of Nige­ria, Mo­hammed Us­man Jahun, has warned mem­bers of the group across the coun­try against har­bour­ing peo­ple with ques­tion­able char­ac­ter.

He was re­act­ing to me­dia re­ports that some in­sur­gents in the North-east were dis­guis­ing as vig­i­lante mem­bers to un­leash ter­ror on mem­bers of the public.

Jahun said while he would not en­tirely de­bunk the re­port, the lead­er­ship of the group had de­vel­oped a data base for all its mem­bers with clear and dis­tinct iden­tity cards.

The com­man­dant fur­ther warned that any vig­i­lante that was not on duty should not wear the group’s uni­form and urged them to al­ways re­port peo­ple with sus­pi­cious char­ac­ter to law en­force­ment agents.

He called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to reg­u­late the op­er­a­tions of the group to avoid pro­lif­er­a­tion of vig­i­lantes in the coun­try.

Jahun pledged the sup­port of his or­gan­i­sa­tion to other se­cu­rity agen­cies fight­ing var­i­ous types of crime across the coun­try

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