Yahaya Bello's 'Vigilante Service Group' Is On A Killing Spree - Dino Melaye

"The vigilante service group shall carry den guns, other guns and other light weapons that are commensurate with their duties and responsibilities".

The senator said the law is in conflict with section 214 of the constitution that established the Nigerian police force.

While making the allegation at the plenary on Wednesday, Melaye moved a motion seeking the intervention of the Senate on the legalisation of the armed group in Kogi.

"Mr. President, it is a fact that states can make laws through the state houses of Assembly as enshrined in section 4 of the1999 constitution as amended". Will assist other security and para-military agencies in the discharge of their duties to assist other security agencies in government installations, to assist other security agencies in maintaining law and order in any economic, political and social gathering. "But the laws they must make must not be in conflict with the provision of the constitution".

Senator Victor Umeh representing Anambra Central is of the opinion that Vigilante groups have worked very well in Anambra, helping to reduce the crime rate in his state, pointing out that the issue of Vigilante group in Kogi should be treated separately.

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, said the activities of Governor Bello is an indication of incapability of youth in government.

"This group is already killing in every part of Kogi State", Melaye alleged.

He urged that all attention should be geared towards addressing insecurity which continues to spread across the country.

He said the law talks about the establishment of the vigilante service group.

"People are discouraged, people appear not to have confidence in our security operatives. Why?"

The Senate has invited the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, General Mohammed Monguno and National Security Adviser (NSA) over a new law created by the Kogi state House of Assembly which aims at creating and equipping a vigilante service that has similar powers with the police. "The matter is beyond boundary of religion and ethnicity".

Ekweremadu, therefore, called for amendment to the Constitution that would provide for State police and ensure they are properly regulated.

He further stated that the establishment of different vigilante groups across states was a reaction to actual situation where there are inadequate policemen to secure the people. "We keep saying that the current structure on ground can not protect the people", Ekweremadu explained and reiterated his call for state police.

He also wants the IGP Ibrahim Idris not to include Anambra in his directive to withdraw small arms from vigilante groups across the country.

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