Kaduna – Kaduna State Government on Thursday said it would legalise operations of vigilante groups to assist in securing the lives and property of people at the grassroots.
The Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kish Adamu, represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Aminu, told newsmen after the state executive council meeting in Kaduna. Adamu said the incessant security challenges witnessed in the state neccessiated the need for the government to legalise vigilante groups to assist in safeguarding the people.
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.” According to him, 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 the general public and corporate bodies were 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 called on the people to assist security agencies to address security challenges, as it had affected development in the state and the nation at large.