Enugu bans Illegal Vigilante

By KayCee June 6, 2014 11:52

The Government of Enugu State has Criticized the operation of illegal Vigilante groups in the state, stressing that those apprehended in the illegal activity will be prosecuted.

The state Commissioner for Poverty Reduction and Human Development, Godwin Oguenyi, gave the warning during a state wide sensitisation programme on neighbourhood  watch law and joint police community policing organised by CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with DFID at Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state. He said the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime would also not hesitate to dismiss any member of the neighbourhood watch group  involved in corrupt practices.

The commissioner said his ministry had observed that some members of the group were involved in unwholesome acts, through which they defrauded the poor rural people of their hard-earned money.

He told  them not to see their assignments as an opportunity to make money, promising that government would soon start paying them stipends as the ministry has sent a proposal to the government to that effect.

He said: “I have discovered that your problem is hunger, which is making you to do what you are not supposed to do. And to solve the problem, we have decided that any group that does well should deduct 20 per cent of money generated for administrative cost and to use it judiciously to avoid defrauding the organisation.

“So, if we make that provision, obey it, so that you will have respect in the community.  Secondly, the group has found out that there are three administrative organs that look after the community, the traditional ruler and his cabinet, the town executives and the neighbourhood watch and its members, who do not work with its executive thereby becoming a one man army.”

The lead consultant of CLEEN Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, Mrs. Josephine Chukwuma, advised the neighbourhood watch group members to assist the police in prevention of crime within the communities they operate.

She observed that members of the vigilante overstep their bounds in performance of their duties and directed them to always read the law guiding them as enacted by the state government while having a regular monthly meeting with the security agencies in the local government where areas of cooperation would be discussed to eliminate conflict.




By KayCee June 6, 2014 11:52