War Against Crime: What Vigilante Groups Can Do, By Uduaghan

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan (middle) in a group photograph with the newly inaugurated members of the committee on Secondary School Football Competition In Asaba. Pix: BRIPIN ENARUSAI

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE

AS part of efforts to rid the state of criminality, vigilante groups in Delta State have been enjoined to assist security agencies with intelligence gathering.

The State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, gave the directive in Asaba yesterday during an interactive session with vigilante groups from different communities in the state.

According to the governor, “we want to use you as a focal point to gather information that will be useful to the police and other security agencies. We require your assistance and you should be determined to do that”.

While saying that intelligence gathering was critical to security, Uduaghan challenged the vigilante groups to ensure that no criminal lives in their communities as the state government is determined to have a crime free society.

Even as he said that government would encourage vigilante groups by providing logistics and remuneration, the governor further directed that they be supervised by the police community Relations committee (PCRC) while the members should not carry firearms.

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is remarks, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, sought for the cooperation of members of the public in the task of tracking down criminals.

“Criminals live with you. They don’t live in military or police barracks, “he added.

The meeting was attended by other service commanders and top government officials.

Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured Deltans that the state government has stepped up measures to deal with the incidene of kidnapping and armed robbery.

Briefing newsmen after a meeting of the state Security Council at Government House Asaba yesterday the governor said success was been recorded as 11 persons have been arrested within the last seven days.

Instructively, he said while the Asaba axis have been calm, there has some cases in Warri, Sapele and Ughelli. The governor harped on the need to assist security agencies with relevant information that will lead to the arrest of criminals.