Bello signs Vigilante Corps Law, intensifies fight against insecurity, banditry in Niger


The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has signed the Vigilante Corps law to contain the rising cases of insecurity in the state.

The Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, disclosed this in Minna, the state capital, at the instance of the governor.

He explained that the numerous voluntary organisations operating in the state, with the aim of protecting their various communities necessitated the establishment of the Vigilante Corps Law.

The commissioner further said that the Law would help to organize and bring the various groups under one umbrella and ensure that their conduct was guided by the law.

He also expressed optimism that the decision of the state government would boost the activities of the Vigilante Corps and strengthen internal security architecture of the state.

Umar said that the vigilante corps would complement the efforts of the conventional security agencies and mitigate the proliferation of small arms in the state.

He also acknowledged the recent development at Runbun Giwa, where a group of individuals called “Kungiyan Manoma” asked farmers to pay levy to bandits before accessing their farmlands

and warned members of the group to desist from such criminal act while calling on all farmers not to comply with such directive as it is an attempt to extort them of their hard-earned money.

Umar, who stressed that security operatives had been directed to flush the criminals, enjoined anyone with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals, to meet the appropriate authority while assuring them that their identity would be treated with confidentiality.

Besides, the commissioner disclosed that some suspects linked to the Mazakuka attack had been arrested and investigations were ongoing.

He recalled the working visit of Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello to some communities in Mashegu local government area affected by banditry in recent times to sympathize with the residents, assess the situation as well as develop new strategies to contain the situation to prevent reoccurrence.

The commissioner restated government’s  resolve to ensure relative peace in all parts of the state, maintaining that collaboration by all and sundry is key to achieving the desired objective.


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