I am assuring you that the Nomad Vigilante, as they call themselves, are on their own. There was no formal report made to the police concerning the formation and subsequent inauguration
Following the formation of a nomad vigilante team by president of the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo in order to assist in providing security to residents of Nasarawa State, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, CP Shehu Umar Nadada, has said his command was not contacted by the group.
In response to the controversy surrounding the constitution and inauguration of group, the police command on Tuesday distanced itself from the formation of the 2,440 vigilante group.
CP Nadada told journalists in Lafia during a courtesy visit on him by members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists that the command was not officially notified about the formation of the Fulani security outfit.
According to the CP, “I am assuring you that the Nomad Vigilante, as they call themselves, are on their own. There was no formal report made to the police concerning the formation and subsequent inauguration. Nobody wrote to me or called me that he is coming to the command headquarters for anything.
“We have been working with other vigilante groups that are recognised by the government, but we will not work with any vigilante that is not recognised by the government”, Nadada declared.
However some concerned residents in the state have alleged the involvement of the police in the formation of the nomad vigilante group as officers of the command were represented and also seen providing security for nomad during the inauguration ceremony.
Earlier, the Nasarawa State Council chairman of the NUJ, Salihu Alkali had congratulated the CP for his recent posting to the state, pledging the NUJ readiness to give the command the needed cooperation.