Katsina State Government on Monday barred volunteer Vigilante group popularly known in the state as Yan sa Kai.
The state pegged the decision on the ban on what it described as rising overzealous criminal activities being perpetrated by members of the group in the state.
The group is made up of volunteers who claim to be assisting in security matters.
A statement by the state governor’s Special Adviser on Security, Ibrahim Katsina, alleged that some members of the group engaged in extra judicial killings and looting.
As part of sustained efforts in ensuring lasting peace, the Katsina State government last year engaged additional 500 vigilante groups to complement security commitments of other military agencies in the rural communities against ongoing counter engagements to banditry activities
But with the new development, the state has clarified that only vigilante groups whose members operate under the command of the police are recognised by the state government.
The statement, which was titled “Banning of the activities of Yan sa Kai volunteer group across Katsina State,” read, “The Katsina State Government has banned the activities of Yan Sa Kai due to the overzealous criminal activities of the volunteer (Yan Sa Kai) group in the state, which always resulted in extrajudicial killings of innocent persons and looting of their property.”