CP Umar Muri, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, says repentant criminals will not be welcomed as members of vigilante groups.
According to the CP, such repentant criminal elements usually compromise, adding that they provide criminals with secret information.
Muri made the comment while visiting the Palace of Zazzau with other security heads to address the rising insecurity in the emirate.
According to him, emirs should form vigilante units to expel repentant criminals within their emirate.
In addition, the Police Commissioner said they will only work with vigilantes if they have the fear of God.
“I want to appeal to the emir of Zazzau that the security agencies are not many, and we want the best for us to be able to form vigilantes instead of repentant criminals,” he said.
According to him, when repentant criminals are given the role of vigilantes, they may compromise instead of assisting the police in solving the problem.
In order to tackle the security challenges in Zaria and throughout the state, the Command preferred to work with those with a fear of God as vigilantes.
He assured the people of the state of their commitment to securing the lives and property of the residents, urging them to feel free to freely provide information to security agencies.
Similarly, Idris Kwayah, State Director, Department of Security Service, told the emir that most districts and villages were scared of sharing information about the bandits in their communities with security agencies.
Furthermore, he urged the emir to convince them to support his agency by alerting them about the movement of the bandits before they strike, adding that doing so will allow the security to take measures to repel attacks.