Katsina deploys 30,000 vigilantes in rural communities
The Katsina State Government has approved the deployment of 30,000 trained vigilantes to the 34 local government areas of the state to complement security presence, especially in the rural communities, The Nation reports.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who made the above disclosure while inspecting the first set of 500 vigilante groups at the state’s Mobile Police base, said the plan was to provide complementary policing, with a set of trained vigilante personnel, selected from the 34 local government areas of the state.
He said: “The government and the people are now ready to take security to the grassroots to quickly flush out the bad eggs perpetuating crime for their selfish interests.
“The state government and her citizens will not sit down and watch bandits invade their communities at will.”
The state police command and other security agencies in the state described the initiative as timely.
The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman expressed concern over the daily attacks on his people and urged the newly commissioned vigilantes to exhibit sincerity in the discharge of their duties.