Nigeria: The Banditry

Apr 19, 2024 | Security | 0 comments

After an urgent security summit chaired by Governor Abdullahi Sule, the Nasarawa state government has taken decisive action by outlawing all ethnic vigilante factions operating within the state’s 13 local government areas.

Under the new directive, ethnic vigilante groups affected by the ban have been given a two-week window to surrender their uniforms and arms to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Shehu Nadada, in accordance with Section 97A of the Penal Code and other relevant statutes.

Governor Sule’s administration, citing its authority under Executive Order No. 1 of 2024, has extended the ban to encompass any association, movement, organization, or society affiliated with ethnic vigilante groups. The order specifically prohibits the use of force or arms by such entities.

In his statement, the governor emphasized, “Similar Organizations includes any association, movement or group of persons or society in whatever name called or form, with the aim and objectives of providing security amongst particular ethnic groups within Nasarawa State through the use of force or arms etc,” as outlined in the Executive Order.

The proscription notably targets groups like the Kungiyar Zaman Lafiya nomad Vigilante, Bassa Vigilante, Eggon Vigilante, and others operating under similar guises, deeming them detrimental to the state’s governance.

In related developments, Bello Bodejo, the detained President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has refuted claims linking Governor Sule to his ongoing legal entanglements with security agencies.

It’s worth noting that the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani, a Socio-Cultural Association, recently established a 1,144-member Vigilante Group aimed at combatting banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling across Nasarawa state.

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