By Ikwen Atuaka
Security personnel in Obudu local government area have called for the arming of the vigilante group with locally made pistols to tackle crime.
Some members of the Vigilante currently use dane guns and following the arrest of a suspected gun runner, the Obudu Prisons Chief Mr. Obogor Jacob while speaking at a security meeting called for them to be armed.
“They (Vigilante) should be armed,” said Mr. Obogor, a chief superintendent of prisons who also advised that such meetings should be held at least once a month and advised that the members be placed on monthly stipends by government.
This followed the request of the Vigilante commander, Mr. Linus Adie whom in his presentation had said that: “We cant fight criminals without ammunition.”
The Divisional Crime Officer of the Police division in Obudu, Mr. Godwin Ohamo in his remarks commended the efforts of the Vigilante and lamented that some chiefs sit at home and encourage criminality.
The meeting was convened by the Community Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Akwagiobe who commended the Vigilante group for arresting the gun runner and called for all hands to be on deck to ensure the local government area is safe.
However, the leadership of Nigeria’s secret police; the SSS and the Nigerian Army contingent in the local government area were notable absentees in the meeting.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the Vigilante group had arrested the suspected gun runner, Emmanuel Akamabe, 32, who had hidden two Berreta pistols in a sack of garri and handed him over to the park chairman before he was eventually handed over to the Police who upon request from the Commander, 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, has been transferred to Calabar.
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