Gov Tambuwal bans ‘self-styled’ vigilante groups in Sokoto

The government of Sokoto, led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has prohibited self-styled vigilante organizations from operating in the state.

This is in order to bolster efforts to combat banditry and other forms of criminality that plague the state’s eastern flank and other regions.

Citizens desirous of contributing their quota to the fight against criminals and criminalities have been advised to join legitimately constituted vigilante groups that will now operate under the supervision and direction of the state Police Command as well as other security outfits in the state, according to Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser Media and Publicity to Governor Tambuwal in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He went on to say that the state Police Command has already started training legitimately formed vigilante organizations in the state in preparation for the law’s signature.

“Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state made this known on Monday while signing into law the “Yan Sa Kai [Self-Styled Vanguards] (Prohibition] Order 2021″ at a stakeholders security meeting held at the Sultan Maccido Institute for Qur’anic and General Studies in Sokoto,” according to the statement.

While the order prohibits “the organization, operation, and activities of ‘Yan Sa Kai,'” any violation would be “punished in accordance with the provisions of the Penal Code Law 2019.”

“As a result, any convicted offender of section 4 (a,b,c, and d) shall be guilty and liable to a fine of N500,000.00 or a sentence of 14 years in jail, or both,” he stated.

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According to the statement, Section 5 of the law also provides that, “any person who while in public has with him offensive weapons or missiles, other than in pursuance of lawful authority, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N200,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of 7 years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

Gov. Tambuwal in the statement also said, “We know the history of banditry and what happened in Zamfara and the role of ‘Yan Sa Kai, which they are still playing in Zamfara state; and, how that exacerbated the security situation in Zamfara State.

For this reason, Tambuwal said that government must be proactive in training, re-training and empowering the vigilante to make sure that they work hand-in-hand with the established security agencies as recognized by the law.

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