February 06, (THEWILL) – The Nasarawa State Police Command, says it has not recognised the vigilante group recently inaugurated by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani Socio-Cultural Association in the state.
Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa, Umar Nadada, said this when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), visited him on Tuesday, in Lafia.
THEWILL reports that the Fulani socio-cultural group unveiled the vigilante group on January 18, in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
According to the commissioner, no formal letter was written to inform the police of the group`s intention to register any Nomad Vigilante Group.
“We must attend any gathering to provide security and ensure that hoodlums did not hijack the event or the organisers themselves will not do anything illegal. Even when they came to our headquarters, I addressed them outside the headquarters of the command because there was no formal notification”, he added.
Nadada said that the police had been working with vigilante groups that were recognised and would not work with any group not recognised by the state.
On the synergy with NUJ, Nadada said that the police were ready to work with the media for proper policing in the state.
“Media practitioners in the state have proven to be true professionals in their reportage, and have always contacted us to get clarification before publishing or airing their reports.
“The coverage of police activities in the state has been unprecedented and we need to commend you and appeal that it should be sustained. Without the coverage of our activities, the public will not know the efforts we are making in fighting crime and the feat we have achieved”, he said.