Insecurity: Niger will harmonize the activities of volunteers and community vigilantes | The Guardian Nigeria News

Plans are underway by the government of the state of Niger to harmonize volunteer, community vigilantes into a community police structure to support existing security agencies in the state.

Local Government, Community Development, Home Affairs and Chiefdom Commissioner Emmanuel Umar who revealed this during a briefing in Minna noted that the state of Niger has a large number of volunteers and staff. vigilantes in different parts of the state, policing their communities.

He revealed that the Self-Defense Corps Law has already been put in place by the state government to strengthen their activities, hence the need to restructure and harmonize them for effective performance.

Umar reiterated the state’s commitment to end the armed banditry activities faced by some communities in the state.

The commissioner noted that Governor Sani Bello’s recent visit to the Mashegu and Kontagora local councils was aimed at sympathizing with the victims of banditry attacks, noting that some arrests had been made in connection with the Mazakuka attack.

Emmanuel said the restructuring and harmonized community policing will strengthen internal security.

He condemned the activities of a group known as (Kungiya Manoma), i.e. a farmers’ association, which pledged to extort and demand money from farmers before allow them access to their farms.

He advised farmers not to pay anyone money to access their farmland.

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