Nigeria: Borno State Government Launches New Security Outfit Known As Neighborhood Watch

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Following the rise in cases of theft and vandalism of government infrastructures in Borno State northeast Nigeria and other related crimes, Governor Kashim Shettima has launched a home grown security outfit known as the Neighborhood Watch.

The Neighbourhood Watch N-Watch is a replica of the Civilian Joint Task Force that came into force in 2013 as a volunteer group helping the military to combat Boko Haram.

At the induction ceremony of a total of 2,900 youths drawn from 25 wards of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere, Governor Shettima said a lot of resources have been committed to the provision of infrastructures in the state such as street lights, solar panels, solar batteries etc, to adequately light up the streets of Maiduguri to enhance security but that unfortunately these are constantly stolen or vandalized by hoodlums.

To this end, he said, the idea of the Neighborhood Watch was conceived to ensure security of these infrastructures as well as help the government in identifying and arresting drug abusers and perpetrators of other related crimes in the State.

Governor Shettima cautioned the Neighborhood Watch to exercise utmost restraint and avoid taking laws into their hands while discharging their responsibility and advised that any perpetrator arrested are to be handed over to the nearest police station for onward prosecution.

While presenting each of the 25 wards a Toyota Hilux Van to enhance their patrol, Governor Shettima also tasked the Neighborhood Watch to assist residents in the night in cases of medical emergencies like labour by pregnant women.

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