‘Present police structures can’t tackle kidnappings’

The present police structure and modus operandi cannot adequately tackle kidnapping and the myriad of security challenges in the country, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has said.

The group said this in a statement at the National Assembly when its members vitited to witness consideration of a report on a bill to establish the Vigilante Group of Nigeria by the House of Representatives.

Although the report was listed on the Order Paper for consideration, it was later stepped down to next week.

The statement jointly endorsed by the Commander General of the vigilante, Ali Sokoto, the Chief of State, Navy Capt A.B. Umar (rtd), Mohammed Azare and Bishop Mercy Effiom, said crimes such as kidnapping and terrorism could not be adequately tackled by the present conventional police structures without the cooperation of local communities.

The group therefore called for effective collaboration between the Nigeria Police and the vigilante group as panacea to the current security challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

The group said the level of crime in Nigeria has changed. It added that it is “firmly established in all the 774 local governments” of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”

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