Kaduna: Gov Sani advocates state police, says vigilantes ill-equipped to face bandits

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has emphasized the need to create state police, saying vigilantes are ill-equipped to face bandits who carry sophisticated weapons.

He made this statement while speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday monitored by DopeTV, calling for the establishment of state police to fight bandits.

This is coming on the heels of an upsurge of insecurity ravaging the state following the kidnapping of over 280 students in Kuriga and another fresh abduction of 87 persons last Sunday in Kajuru Local Government Area.

“Vigilante service cannot hold anything more than pump actions, and these bandits, they come around with AK-47s and even more sophisticated weapons. That is where we are.

“And in any case, that is the reason why some of us are insisting that we need to create a state police. When you create state police, you will give the state police the legal authority through our constitution to hold firearms, including AK-47s. Then those communities can defend themselves.

“But until this moment, the vigilante service can only work with the military. They can only work with the police and all the relevant security agencies to help them with intelligence,” he said.

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