Edo State Commissioner of police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo on Monday inaugurated 70 members of a vigilante group in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the State.
The move is part of efforts to stem the wave of insecurity in the local government area which has led to wanton killings by suspected cult groups and armed robbers.
Mr Kokumo said: “it’s our responsibility to sanitize the State and the Inspector General of police has gone ahead with confidence building of the police after the #EndSARS.
“We will keep talking to our men not to police with bitterness. But never again will it happen for someone carrying jack-knife to kill a policeman carrying AK-47.
“The police will no longer fold its hands and die like chicken…I want everyone to take the message home to neighbours and their children.
“Police should use their arms professionally if our lifes are in danger or defending others whose lifes are facing possible death and we will have justification to use our arms.”
Kokumo who disclosed that the police have made sizeable arrest in connection with “all manner of crimes” said the operatives will be on 24 hours joint patrol with sister security agencies in the local government.
Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha local government, Dr. Eric Osayande said the vigilantes will be under the council’s payroll, adding that thay will “compliment existing security architecture in the area”.
According to Osayande, “Governor Obaseki directed that we should call all Enigies (District Heads) to go back to the traditional methods of vigilantee to fight insecurity.