From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani Socio-Cultural Association has inaugurated a Vigilante outfit known as “Nomad Vigilante Group” to assist the conventional security agencies in the fight against insecurity in Nasarawa State
At the inauguration on Wednesday in Lafia, National President of the Association, Alhaji Bello Bodejo, said the main objective of the group was to assist in information and intelligence gathering to the various security agencies inorder to fight criminals within communities across the state.
According to him, the first batch of the vigilante comprised 1144 Fulani youths, drawn from the various communities across the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.
Bodejo also stated that the target was to recruit 4000 for adequate coverage of all Fulani communities in the state, saying there was ongoing screening and profiling of interested youths to become members of the group.
He explained that the Nomad Vigilante Group was not just an initiative but a manifestation of the commitment of the Fulani ethnic group to economic prosperity, job creation , inclusivity and the commitment to fight against banditry , cattle rustling, among other criminal activities perpetuated in the state.
Bodejo said: “This will emerge as a formidable force dedicated to establishing a sense of security that transcends the mere absence of conflict; rather about cultivating an environment where the vibrancy of our communities can flourish, and our people can pursue their livelihoods without fear or hindrance.
“As we navigate the complex terrain of security challenges, we confront head-on the menace of cattle rustling and banditry that has plagued our rural landscapes. The Nomad Vigilante Group will serve as proactive stance against these threats by facilitating our economic prosperity, shielding our farmers and herders and other communities in Nigeria from the shadows of insecurity.
“Recognising the paramount importance of expertise , our volunteers will undergo rigorous training from renowned security organisations like the NSCDC, including the esteemed Nigerian Police. This commitment to training is not a formality; it is an investment in their preparedness, ensuring they are not just vigilant but capable of navigating the multifaceted challenges they may encounter.
“Their operations, meticulously localised, are designed for maximum accessibility, ensuring swift and effective responses to security concerns and complementing the efforts of conventional security agencies in addressing insecurity and promoting peaceful coexistence in Nasarawa State and Nigeria at large.”
The National President therefore, urged members of the group to collaborate with relevant security agencies to fish out criminal elements among communities and reduce the allegation on those who are treated unjustly for crimes not committed as a result of the bad eggs.
He appreciated the state government and the security agencies in the state for their unwavering support to the group, saying it will build a safer, more secure future for the state.
On his part, Commissioner of Police (CP) in the State, Umar Nadada, lauded the group for the initiative and said the formation was apt, given the security challenges in the State and country at large.
The CP said that the police was ready to work with all groups interested in the security of lives and property in the country.
” We have already intimated our Area Commanders to work with the Vigilante group within the communities with the view to reducing crime and criminalities in the state.
“This set of Nomadic Vigilante will add value to our security architecture in the state by working with the various security agencies in the state,” he added.
Nadada, however said that the Nomad Vigilante were not allowed to use fire arms during operations, assuring however that the police will continue to work with the group to achieve the desired objectives.
He therefore , called on the public to cooperate with the group and provide useful information that would lead to the arrest of criminals in the state.