From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Commissioner of Police in- charge of Nasarawa State, Umar Nadada has denied involvement of the police in the formation of the Fulani Security outfit known as the Nomad Vigilante Group (NVG) in the state.
Nadada said the police are not part of the formation of such outfit.
His denial followed controversies that have surrounded the inauguration of the socio- cultural security in the State recently.
The Voice reported that, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association, recently inaugurated a vigilante outfit known as “Nomad Vigilante Group”, with claims that it was to assist the conventional security agencies in the fight against insecurity in Nasarawa State.
But CP Umar while playing host to the officials and members of Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the Force headquarters in Lafia on Tuesday, said no formal letter was written to inform the police of the group’s intention.
He said, “It is our duty to attend any gathering to provide security and ensure that hoodlums do not hijack the event or the organisers themselves do anything illegal.
“Even when they came to our headquarters, I addressed them outside the Command headquarters because there was no formal notification.
“Police has been working with vigilante groups that were recognised and would not work with any group that is not recognised by the state.
“I am therefore, assuring you that the nomadic or nomad vigilante group as they call them are on their own.”
The CP restated the commitment of the Police in addressing insecurity in the state, saying plans were ongoing to expand the anti-kidnapping unit of the police from two to five for more efficiency.
He said expanding the unit would go a long way in tackling the rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
Nadada promised that the police would continue to work closely with journalists to ensure peace and development in the state.
“At no time will you achieve peaceful development without working with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
“We have been working on the same page and have not had any cause to complain about any of the journalists in the state.
“I really appreciate what you are doing.I am not new to Nasarawa because I had been here for some time before I was promoted to Commissioner of Police and left to another Command and now I am back to continue this partnership,” he added.
He, therefore, called on traditional rulers, community leaders and all critical stakeholders to collaborate with the Police to tackle crime in the state.
Earlier, the NUJ Chairman in the State, Comrade Salihu Alkali, congratulated the CP on his reassignment to the State and assured him of the council’s readiness to support the police through accurate reportage.
“I want to assure you that this synergy, we have started would be sustained,” he said.
The NUJ Chairman also lauded the commitment of the Police in the fight against criminals and appealed that security be biffed up at Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia and Federal University of Lafia to curb the spate of kidnappings and robbery activities ongoing in those areas.
He called on the police to look into the issue of the formation of security out fit by a socio- cultural group moreso that it has been received with apprehension, for the safety of lives and properties of the people of the state.