FCT SECURITY COMMITTEE BARS VIGILANTES FROM HANDLING OF ARMS
Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has approved the newly established Code of Conduct barring members of the Vigilante groups operating in the various communities in the Territory from using prohibited firearms.
In a press statement released by Muhammad Hazat Sule, the Director of Information and Communication, FCT stated
that, “ the FCT Security Committee has introduced a Code of Conduct barring members of the Vigilante groups operating in the various communities in the Territory from using prohibited firearms.
“In the newly established Code of Conduct for members of the Vigilante group, the security committee also prohibited the vigilante from carrying out any operation without the presence of the police or the express approval of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in their respective jurisdiction.
Mohamad said that, “ however members of the Vigilante are permitted to possess and use weapons for self-defense or other lawful purposes as allowed by the DPO.
According to the director, the new code of code were some of the decisions reached by the FCT Security Committee at its 11th meeting, presided over by the Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, held on Thursday, the Gwarinpa I District in Abuja.
The FCT, Director of Information, said, the security Committee included that the new approved code required that any member of the vigilante group, that recovered a dangerous weapon from a criminal suspect is expected to keep a detailed account and report to the police for further investigation.
He also revealed that “the Committee permitted the vigilante group to make arrests of anyone, who violates the laws of the land as allowed under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
While the committee resolved that any FCT Community that is desirous of establishing a Vigilante group should apply and obtain the approval of the DPO within the locality.
“On the recruitment of members of the vigilante group, the FCT Security Committee, which is the highest decision-making body on security matters resolved that the process must be supervised by the Community Accountability Forum (CAF) /Security Committee of the community concerned.
“The CAF is to ensure a fair representation of all segments of the society and avoid religious, political, and ethnic persuasion and further agreed that all those to be recruited must be properly profiled by the community leaders and Security agencies.
Mohammad added that, “FCT Administration encourages communities to form vigilante groups to complement the work of security agencies, especially in gathering intelligence and boosting the fight against insecurity.”