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Why Local Vigilantes In The North Should Be Mobilized And Equipped With Heavy Guns Against Bandits

For some months now, bandits have been operating heavily in the northern part of Nigeria, killing and abducting many people. Recently, local vigilantes joined the fight against bandits and they're doing a great job.

On the 17th of June 2021, several bandits were eliminated during a gun battle with policemen, soldiers and ‘Yan Sakai’ vigilantes at villages along the border linking Niger and Kebbi States.

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On the 19th of September 2021, it was reported that no fewer than 11 bandits were neutralized by local vigilantes in Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi state. The Vigilantes took the bandits unaware by attacking their camps deep inside the bushes.

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The reason why these vigilantes can track down Bandits and eliminate them is that they understand the bushes even better than some soldiers who are fighting Bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. The local Vigilantes are mainly men from the affected communities, and most of them know the nook and cranny of the communities.

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The only problem is that some of these vigilantes do not have heavy firearms when compared to the bandits, that's why the government should consider mobilizing and arming them with highly sophisticated weapons.

If they are given heavy guns, the vigilantes will do everything within their power to make sure the bandits are eliminated, most especially because they're directly affected by the activities of Bandits in the northern part of Nigeria.

Though some local vigilantes have started confronting the bandits with their locally made guns, the writer thinks the majority of them are worried that that local guns can't do much against bandits in an open fight, equipping the local Vigilantes would encourage them.

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