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Insecurity: Niger to harmonise volunteers, community vigilantes’ activities 

By Bala Yahaya, Minna
16 December 2021   |   3:25 am
Plans are underway by the Niger State Government to harmonise the volunteers, community vigilantes into a structure of community policing to support the existing security agencies in the state.

Plans are underway by the Niger State Government to harmonise the volunteers, community vigilantes into a structure of community policing to support the existing security agencies in the state.
   
Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development, Internal Affairs and Chieftaincy, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, who disclosed this during a briefing in Minna noted that Niger State had a large number of volunteers and vigilantes in different parts of the state, policing their communities.
 
He revealed that vigilante corps law has already been put in place by the state government to strengthen their activities, hence the need to restructure and harmonise them for effective performance.
   


Umar reiterated the state’s commitment in bringing to an end activities of armed banditry confronting some communities in the state.
   
The Commissioner noted that Governor Sani Bello’s recent visit to Mashegu and Kontagora Local Councils was to sympathise with victims of banditry attacks, stressing that some arrests have been made in connection with the Mazakuka attack.
   
Emmanuel said restructuring and harmonised community policing will strengthen internal security.
    
He condemned activities of a group known as (Kungiya Manoma), meaning farmers association, who engaged in extorting and demanding money from farmers before allowing them access to their farms.
  
He advised farmers not to pay money to anybody to access their farmlands.