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THE VIGILANTE AND NIGERIA’S INTERNAL SECURITY — PART TWO — By Prof. Tunde Adeniran, KJW, OFR

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Yesterday, we brought to you the opening part of this treatise on VIGILANTE system of securing the society. It is contained in an opinion suggested in a paper presented by Prof. Tunde Adeniran, OFR, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, at the  Development Policy Centre, Ojetunji Aboyade House, Ibadan, This is the concluding part of the paper. Enjoy your day. WALK INS: “Walk-ins” share some characteristics with “Operation Evacuation”. While theft and robbery were usually the primary objective, rape and murder were frequently motivated by ,the circumstances of encounter between the robbers and their victims, especially the extent to which the former became impulsive under the overwhelming influence of hard drugs. Moreover, the various categories were generally preceded by surveillance and periodic ‘monitoring of tendencies within the neighbourhood, as well as the potentials or inclinations of law enforcement’ agents to respond to critical challenges. Finally, there is the “siege” variety of armed robbery. For some of us students of strategy, a siege situation in warfare is an exciting area of study. It is the process (and the actual act) of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies. Through this, you lessen and weaken the defenders or victims and their capture or caging is made relatively easy. Whenever armed robbers undertook a siege, they left no one in doubt about their desperation and as to their determination to dare any segment of the civil society, including the Nigeria Police. In some cases the bandits even disguised by wearing military or police uniforms but on most occasions they did not. Generally, however, they were armed with very sophisticated weapons (AK-47, loaded magazines with hundreds of rounds of ammunition) and communication gadgets for their operations. As soon as they got to their targets they would surround them, and start’ shooting. This was followed by subjecting victims to harrowing experiences by the gangs whose membership could be as small as five and as large a fifty. Siege could also take the form of “street raids”, a near war situation in which heavily armed robbers would move from house to house sacking their targets in an operation that could last two or three hours. Any siege would leave its target with records of terrible loss, devastation and a widespread feeling of helplessness. THE RESPONSE: It was…

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