The Gombe State Government has enlisted the support of the vigilante group and local hunters association to assist the conventional security agencies in maintaining law and order.
In a statement, Governor Muhammadu Yahaya said the decision was borne out of concern over the spate of insecurity in parts of the state.
”He sought for their support during a meeting with the leaders of the Vigilante group and Local hunters in Gombe, to compliment the efforts of the security agencies to rid the state of criminal elements and activities.
”Governor Yahaya is concerned that the state is now experiencing some security challenges, including thefts and kidnappings, which need a corresponding robust community policing strategy to stem the tide,” it said.
The statement attributed the security challenge in the state to the high influx of people as a result of insurgency in some neighbouring states, because of its location at the centre of the north east.
Urging the people to cooperate with the Vigilante groups in discharging the task of complimenting the efforts of the conventional security agencies in safeguarding the lives and property of the citizenry, the Governor said that in doing so, they must be guided by the laws and respect the superior directives of the constituted authority.
The Leader of the Gombe State Chapter of Nigerian Hunters Association, Alhaji Danladi Baka and the state Commandant of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abdullahi Dan’asabe assured the Governor of their readiness to offer their support.
They said that they have greater knowledge of the local communities and the terrains to be able to assist in tackling security challenges.
Governor Yahaya had recently convened a security council meeting with heads of security agencies in the state, where they reviewed the security situation and the strategy to improve the situation.