The Commissioner of Police for Nasarawa State, Shehu Umar Nadada, has refuted claims of the police command’s involvement in the establishment of a 1,144-man Fulani Nomad Vigilante team recently formed in the state. This denial came during a meeting with journalists at the state police command’s headquarters in Lafia.
The vigilante team, initiated by the President of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, was inaugurated on January 17 with the aim of combating banditry, cattle rustling, and insecurity in the state.
Commissioner Nadada clarified that the police command had not been officially notified about the formation of the Fulani Nomad Vigilante team and therefore would not be responsible for any challenges they might face.
He stated, “I am assuring you that the Nomad Vigilante as they call themselves are on their own. There was no formal report to the police concerning the issue. Nobody wrote to me or called me that he was coming here (command headquarters) for anything.”
Nadada emphasized that the police force collaborates with vigilante groups recognized by the government, but they would not engage with any vigilante not sanctioned by the government.
Responding to allegations of police involvement in providing security during the inauguration ceremony of the vigilante group, Nadada clarified that the police’s presence was merely to prevent any potential disruption of law and order at the event.
He explained, “Nobody informed the command in written form or verbally about the vigilante group, but ordinarily, if there is any gathering like that, we cannot allow people to gather without providing security for them so that hoodlums will not go and hijack the gathering.”
In a gesture of cooperation, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council, Salihu Alkali, congratulated CP Nadada on his recent posting to the state and pledged the union’s support to ensure the success of the police command’s initiatives.