The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday announced plans to hire local vigilante groups to provide security in the various public schools across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The announcement was made by the Director, Administration and Finance in the Security Services Department of the FCTA, Dr. Abdul-lateef Bello.
This development is coming after security reports hinted that bandits from neighboring states are fleeing to the territory.
Dr. Bello explained that the measures were temporary until a blueprint on security is developed by the FCT Administration soon.
He said, “We are talking of short term measures when we said we are helping public schools to facilitate the procurement of vigilantes to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies.
“Remember that some of the vigilantes are equally part of the neighborhood. They were sourced from the neighborhood where those schools are situated. So, they know better.
“This is a way of establishing a relationship between the community and government. When the vigilantes see anything that is beyond them, they relate with the conventional security agencies to help out.”