Sokoto bans local security vigilante group

In the wake of the upsurge of violence occasioned by the activities of yet-to-be identified gunmen in the eastern part of the State, the Sokoto State government has banned the local self-appointed security outfits known as ‘Yan-Sakai’ from operating as protectors of vulnerable communities.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal handed down the order while sympathising with the people of Tarah village, in Sabon-Birni local government area, who lost about 15 people to bandits attack recently. Alternatively, he said, the State government will establish a vigilante group that will provide information and lead to security agents and allow them to carry out their exercise.

According to him, the reason for this order is to forestall attracting reprisals from the bandits and the need to impress it on the people of the area not to take the laws into their hands.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the governor, Muhammad Bello, said the governor harped on the need for community collaboration with security agencies operating in the State and appealed to the people of the area to continue to cooperate with the security agencies that have been deployed to the place for special assignments to flush out those criminals in the area.

Tambuwal also said that last week he inaugurated ‘Operation Puff Adder’ at the Police Command headquarters, where the State government provided the Police with vehicles and other logistics to enable it perform its duty effectively.

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