From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Twenty ethnic nationalities in Nasarawa State under the aegis of Forum of Ethnic Youth Presidents, have called on President Bola Tinubu to proscribe the Fulani Vigilante Group recently inaugurated in Nasarawa State.
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 State.
The ethnic nationalities under the aegis of Forum of Ethnic Youth Presidents, made the call at a Press Conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Lafia.
President of the group, Comrade Silas Dauda Yileni in a speech, rejected the setting up of any security agency that was not community based saying such action was suspicious and could be used as militias.
He called for the immediate proscription of the Badijo Vigilante Group in State and Nigeria at large.
“We oppose the arming of private security organisations in Nasarawa State especially in view of the peculiar security challenges facing Nigeria today.
“That Alhaji Bello Badijo and his co-promoters, as can be traced to as directors or subscribers to a purported CAC Registration of Miyetti Vigilante Group this year (2024), be brought to book.
“We want an immediate directive to our security agencies in collaboration with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria as established in various local governments and communities to comb our communities and fish out the alien migrants, most of whom do not even possess the National Identity Card, or have acquired same through a compromised process.
“We also want the strengthening of our security agencies with gadgets and capacity for better intelligence gathering and response.
“Finally, a commission of enquiry be set by the Federal and or State government to look into the security loopholes in Nasarawa State”, he said.
He, therefore, said that the group was dedicated to maintaining peace and security of the state and the nation as a whole, even as they pledged their support for Tinubu’s administration.