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August 14, 2022

Niger: Vigilante leader orders shutdown of offices over his detention by police

Niger: Vigilante leader orders shutdown of offices over his detention by police

The Niger State Commandant of Vigilante Corps, Nasir Mohammed Manta, has ordered the shutdown of all vigilante offices across the state.

This follows his detention on the order of the state Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas.

It was gathered that the vigilante commandant was arrested last Friday and detained for 24 hours over the raiding of the hide out of some miscreants in Minna, the state capital.

DAILY POST learnt that the arrest followed complaints by some prominent persons to the police command that their wards were arrested as miscreants, thereby disturbing the peace of the town.

Our correspondent gathered that in the past three weeks, miscreants and restive youths have engaged in a series of street fights in the metropolitan city.

This development has led to public disturbance and breakdown of law and order in the state capital.

It would be recalled that last Friday, the police had announced the arrest of 22 of the miscreants and there are allegations that some of the boys have been released, which the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun described as false.

Speaking after his release from detention, the state vigilante commandant, Manta, said the allegations leveled against him were false, arguing that the Commissioner of Police did not investigate the allegations by the influential individuals, who he met in his office, before ordering his detention.

Giving reasons for his arrest, Manta said “The problem is the arrest of those miscreants disturbing public peace in Minna. Since some of them have the backing of some influential individuals, they misinformed the Commissioner of Police, and without investigating the allegations, he ordered my detention. He said why should I arrest the boys without the involvement of the police.

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“I will not be deterred from my duty to the people of Niger

State in complementing security agencies to safeguard lives and property. I am not serving the police, I am only concerned with the security of our people and Niger State at large. I have directed my men to close and lock their offices for the meantime.”

It was further gathered that it took the intervention of the state Commissioner for Internal security, Emmanuel Umar and some highly-placed individuals in the state to resolve the situation.

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