Arm vigilantes, Niger SSG tells Assembly

Niger Assembly committee on security and judiciary held it’s first public hearing on a bill to amend Niger state vigilante corps on the 19/03/2021 The

public hearing had in attendance, the Secratary to State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, and other security stakeholders in the state.

Matane in an address stressed on the need for the vigilante corps to be well armed and mobilised, and for their weapons to be ‘highly regulated’. In order to tackle the banditry menace.

He further said that equipping the vigilante corps will ensure safety for over 3,000 government schools in the state and that the police force cannot reach the grassroots.

The SSG noted the challenges the vigilante corps are experiencing, which included bandits getting hold of sensitive information and thereby going after the informants of such information.

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