Sokoto proscribes vigilante groups, orders registration with police

Towards curbing increasing banditry and sundry crimes bedevilling the eastern flank and other parts of Sokoto, the state government has banned sundry vigilante groups from operating in the state.

Instead, citizens desirous of contributing their quota to the fight against criminals and criminalities have been advised to join legitimately constituted vigilante groups that will from now operate under the supervision and direction of the state police command and other security outfits in the state.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal gave the directive while signing into law the ‘Yan Sa Kai (Prohibition) Order 2021’ at a stakeholders’ security meeting held at the Sultan Maccido Institute for Qur’anic and General Studies, Sokoto, on Tuesday.

The order, while outlawing the organisation, operation and activities of the ‘Yan Sa Kai’, stated, “Any contravention shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Penal Code Law, 2019.

“Consequently, any convicted offender under Section 4 (A, B, C and D) shall be guilty and liable on conviction to a fine of N500,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of 14 years, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

“Section 5 also provides that, any person, who while in public, has with him offensive weapons or missiles, otherwise than in pursuance of lawful authority, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N200,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of seven years, or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

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