Banditry: Kaduna Govt Launches New Vigilante Outfit

A General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) which was seized from bandits displayed at the Nigerian Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja on September 30 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

As part of efforts to tackle rural banditry and other related crimes in Kaduna State, a local vigilante group has been launched in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the inauguration of the security outfit on Saturday, the Chairman of Giwa local government said the government is committed to stopping the attacks that have almost become a norm in the rural communities.

He also explained that the vigilantes will operate according to the constitutional provisions and legal requirements of the country, in addition to collaborating with the police and other security agencies to respond to the rising insecurity in the area.

In February this year, a family of 13 were gruesomely murdered by bandits who invaded Fatika village and burnt them inside their house.

Less than a month later, no fewer than 50 peasant farmers and herders were killed by gunmen suspected to have invaded the community from neighbouring Zamfara and Katsina states.

According to the Giwa local government council chairman, the new vigilante outfit represents another step government is taking to enhance security across the state in order to give the people greater confidence as they go about their legitimate businesses.

Burkina Faso Attacks Kill 43

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 12, 2019 soldiers from the French Army holds detectors while searching for the presence of IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) during the Burkhane Operation in northern Burkina Faso. 
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At least 43 people have been killed in attacks in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Monday, in what local sources described as apparent vigilante reprisals for jihadist violence.

Burkina Faso has battled against a jihadist insurgency since 2015, but the conflict has also provoked attacks on Fulani herders who other communities accuse of supporting militants.

“On Sunday, attacks were carried out on the villages of Dinguila and Barga… in Yatenga province. The provisional toll is 43 victims,” the government said in a statement.

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The statement did not blame any group for the attack or mention the Fulani community.

According to local sources, Fulani people make up the bulk of the population of the villages. Since jihadists have recruited among the Fulani, other communities accuse them of supporting militants.

Vigilante reprisal attacks against Fulani villages have been on the rise.

A year ago, armed militia attacked the village of Yirgou and killed six people including the village chief, triggering a wave of violence between rival communities.

Burkina Faso is in the centre of the Sahel region where a militant insurgency has spread from Mali. Attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso killed at least 4,000 people in 2019, according to the United Nations.

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NSCDC Arrests Four Suspected Kidnappers In Adamawa

 

Four suspected notorious kidnappers have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Adamawa State.

Parading the suspects before newsmen, Commandant of the NSCDC, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said they were arrested in Mubi by men of his Command following a tip-off.

According to him, the suspects were arrested in a sting operation by his personnel in collaboration with Pulako Tabitha, a Fulani vigilante outfit in Mubi, Adamawa State.

“After a tip-off, we were able to nab these people on Friday, January 17, 2020. The suspects are Ibrahim Usman, Musa Audu, and Saidu Dahiru.

“All the suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnapping activities. The suspects are now under our investigations department for further interrogation, after which their case will be forwarded to the office of the Director, Public prosecution for advice and legal action,” he added.

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According to sources, their leader who is alleged to be from Madagali local government is suspected to be behind kidnapping activities in the area.

One of the suspects who confirmed his involvement in a series of kidnappings around Mubi and its environs confessed that he was given N50,000 by their leader each time they kidnap their victims.

He further revealed that their leaders always retreat to Cameroon with their weapons after a successful operation.

“We have been carrying out kidnappings around Mubi. We are only invited to participate after which we are given N50,000 each for the operation.

“We don’t know how much they collect as ransom and they retrieve the weapons we use immediately after the operation and relocate to Cameroon.”

The NSCDC boss, however, appealed to the people to avail security agencies with vital information concerning strange activities in their neighbourhood.

“The NSCDC is calling the public to give us credible information about any suspected person and be security conscious,” he said.

Vigilante Leader, Suspect Die As Operatives Rescue Man Abducted In Oyo

 

The vigilante community of Igbo Ora in Oyo State has been thrown into mourning following the loss of one of its leaders, Tajudeen Ayanwale, during a rescue operation of a kidnapped victim.

The victim identified as Bakare was abducted by a five-man gang of suspected kidnappers on Tuesday last week at about 8pm in the suburbs of Eruwa in the Ibarapa area of the state.

He said he was made to face the gruelling task of walking through a dense forest spanning over 42km before his abductors ran out of luck.

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The police assisted by some vigilantes had caught up with the suspects while an exchange of fire ensued between the security operatives and Bakare’s abductors.

Some of the local vigilantes in Igbo Ora.

 

 

This led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim with paying the ultimate price while a member of the gang was killed.

“I saw a touch flashing at me with some people shouting stop. There were 5 of them and I tried to manoeuvre but they eventually caught up with me,” Bakare told reporters after he regained his freedom.

He further narrated, “As I fell off my bike, they started tying me up with rope and marched me through the forests. We nearly got into Ogun State when I heard gunshots.

“It continued for a while until my abductors left me and scampered for safety. I also ran to hide then I heard a vehicle arrive and picked up someone then left.”

“Shortly afterwards, the vehicle returned with many motorcycles; then I cried out that I was the man abducted. They asked if I was hurt but I said I was fine but one of my kidnappers was hit.

“We searched for a long time but couldn’t find him until the next morning when we saw his body. They also told me that the kidnappers shot one of the vigilantes who came to rescue me,” he added.

A file photo of late Tajudeen Ayanwale.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Mr Shina Olukolu, led some top officials of the State Police Command to condole with Ayanwale’s family.

He conveyed the message of the Inspector General of Police to the deceased’s family, as well as his friends and colleagues.

Olukolu, however, stressed the need for the renewal of courage and commitment to achieving a peaceful society against the odds.

He urged security agencies and allied groups not to allow the incident loss to deter them in the fight against kidnapping, banditry, and other criminal activities.

Wike Alleges Plot To Float Illegal Security Groups In Rivers

Wike Alleges Plot To Float Illegal Security Groups In Rivers
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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has accused some politicians of planning to set up illegal vigilante groups to clash with members of the Neighbourhood Watch in the state.

The governor, who made the allegation, on Tuesday also claimed the move was aimed at paving way for the police to ban the new security outfit set up by the state government

He spoke when he received the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Mr Usman Abubakar, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Governor Wike explained that the Neighbourhood Watch is being established to complement the efforts of other security agencies in the state, just as it is in Lagos.

According to him, “We are setting up the State Neighbourhood Watch for intelligence gathering; policemen and other security agencies cannot be everywhere.”

“In setting up the State Neighbourhood Watch, we adopted the process established in Lagos State. This is a replica of what is already in existence in Lagos State,” he added.

In a bid to further improve security in the state, the governor informed the AIG that the state government had acquired six gunboats.

He was optimistic that the move would boost the efforts of the State Police Command in fighting criminals along the waterways.

As the forthcoming general elections draw nearer, Governor Wike called for improved synergy between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police.

He also warned the police against bias and being used to indiscriminately arrest opponents of the ruling party ahead of the polls.

In his remarks, Mr Abubakar said the zonal command remains committed to reducing cultism, kidnapping and other forms of crime in the area.

He also appealed to the stakeholders to work with the police ahead of the elections and to work for peace as the Zone would not tolerate any act of lawlessness.

Gunmen Kill Police Inspector, Vigilante Chief In Kaduna

Gunmen Kill Police Inspector, Vigilante Chief In Kaduna

A police inspector and the commander of Kaduna state Vigilante Service have been killed by gunmen in Kaduna State.

The security officials were said to have been killed late on Tuesday, during an operation at Ungwar Katsinawa village, Shika, in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, also abducted three young girls believed to be daughters of the late vigilante chief, Mustapha Gali.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview.

Mr Aliyu said the deceased were killed by the armed bandits during a shootout with policemen, following a distress call about a robbery operation at the residence of the late vigilante chairman.

According to him, about 30 gunmen stormed the residence of the vigilante leader, shooting randomly and, thereafter, abducted three of his daughters before the arrival of policemen.

Aliyu, however, said the gunmen were prevented from escaping with the girls while a manhunt to apprehend the suspects had been launched.

He added that a police corporal and some other residents, who were seriously injured, were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Governor Yero Approves Law Establishing Vigilante Service

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Yero, has commissioned an official vigilante service in the state.

In a statement issued by his media aide, Ahmed Miyaki, the governor explained that the move was part of the measures to curb insecurity in the state.

“The vigilance service will complement activities of security agencies in providing additional security across the 23 local government areas in the state,” he said.

According to the statement, the law is aimed at reducing crime and other social vices in communities, especially areas where the presence of security agencies may not be sufficient.

To this effect, a letter from the governor’s office has been sent to the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for gazzetting and implementation of the law.