IGP Asked To Reconsider Directive On Disarming Registered Vigilante Services

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has been called upon to reconsider its decision on disarming registered vigilante groups especially in

the South East Geo-political zone in order not to jeopardize the security of lives and property being enjoyed by the people in the area.

This was the view of discussants during an ABS audience participatory Programme the PRESS REVIEW.

Discussants who included a Public Affairs analyst, Chief Nwabueze Akabog u and Comrade Tony Uche Ezekwelu, who is the Deputy Secretary Ohanaeze Ndigbo agreed that vigilante groups serve the purpose of Community Policing due to their proximity to communities and grassroots.

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They emphasized that any move to render them ineffective will witness re-insurgence of crime and criminality especially with the increasing level of
herdsmen attack in the country coupled with kidnappings which bedeviled the South East but has been nipped in the bud with the help of vigilante groups as Police alone cannot effectively provide adequate security.

On the issue of re-ordering the election time table, Chief Akabogu and Comrade Ezekwelu agreed that the National Assembly has the right to alter election timetable as the Act establishing the Independent National Electoral Commission was passed by it.

The discussants also commended Governor Willie Obiano for his successful inauguration and expressed the belief that more strides will be achieved in the second term.

Some callers to the programme, maintained that the police authority should not disarm registered vigilante groups but should rather monitor them.

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