Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has proscribed local vigilance groups, including Civilian Joint Task Force, Kato da Gora, Jarumai da Gora and Yan Tuba.
They were replaced with Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVS).
At the launch of KADVS, Governor el-Rufai, represented by his deputy, Barnabas Bala Yusuf, said security agencies had been asked to arrest any group operating under the proscribed vigilantes.
“Officers of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service will work closely with the Nigeria Police, the Civil Defence, the State Security Service and the Military, particularly in areas of intelligence sharing.
This government is committed to stopping the hoodlums and miscreants that menace our urban centres, and the bandits that threaten peace and harmony in our rural communities, he said”.
He said security agencies have effected mass arrests of the hoodlums and “we hope that the judicial process metes out appropriate punishment to them.”