By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
Katsina State Government has banned the activities of volunteer vigilante group, popularly known as “Yan sa kai” in all the 34 local government areas of the state.
A statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on Security Matters, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina said the ban is due to the overzealous criminal activities of the volunteer group in the state which always results in extrajudicial killing of innocent persons and looting of their property.
Alhaji Ahmad Katsina reiterated that, the state government only recognises the activities of Vigilante Group of Nigeria which is always under the supervision, control and monitoring of the Police, other security agencies and traditional Institutions.
Henceforth, he said arrested suspects of the group should be handed over to the Police or any security agency for proper investigation and action where necessary.
“Nobody should take the laws into their hands, under whatever cover,” Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina emphasized.
Meanwhile, on the banning of the outlawed Yansakai group in the state, Katsina State Police Command has issued directives to all its Area Commanders and DPOs to go after the recalcitrant offenders and their sponsors wherever they are in the state.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Superintendent of Police (SP) Gambo Isah gave the directives in a statement where he enjoined people in the state to disassociate themselves from the group and cooperate with security agencies to report any “Dansakai or Yansakai” within their domains.
The Police spokesman, warned that the Command would not fold its arms while some disgruntled members of the public take laws into their hands, brazenly killing innocent citizens, destroying and looting public property without recourse to the rule of law.
He assured that the Nigeria Police Force and other sister security agencies would deal decisively with any person or group of persons found parading themselves as “Yansakai” or any other like name in the state.
“The government and security agencies recognize the efforts and contribution of the State Vigilante Group which is under the supervision of the Police and the traditional leaders,” he said.
Superintendent of Police Gambo Isah appealed to members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by providing them with useful information that may assist in the ongoing onslaught against recalcitrant tterrorists.