Vigilante Shoots Man Dead For Speaking To His Girlfriend In Rivers


“I have a case on my table where a vigilance group member shot another man dead because the man spoke to his girlfriend.”

This was how the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) in Rivers State, Victor Erivwede, emphasised the warning given to all vigilance groups operating in the state against overstepping their bounds.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwonyi Polycarp, had convened a stakeholders meeting where he warned various vigilance groups operating in the state to desist from extortion, unlawful detention or the torture of any arrested suspect.

The CP read the Riot Act at the meeting, which had in attendance, chairmen of Omuma, Ikwerre, Etche, Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local government areas, traditional rulers, youth leaders and vigilance  group members.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the state police command in Port Harcourt.

Polycarp appreciated the efforts of the vigilance groups in crime fighting in the state but said: “While we like their activities, we emphasise on their excesses. We will not tolerate jungle justice from vigilante groups.”

According to him, “we cannot have a group of people to protect lives and property and the same people are the ones killing, beheading.”

He said tyrannical activities of vigilance groups must be curtailed, adding that they are not a force unit themselves.

The commissioner said: “For instance, we have situation where they turn to debt collectors, flogging people.

“Your  duty is to arrest and share information. You don’t have power to detain and investigate.

“If a person is condemned by a court for hanging and the person is shot, the person who shot him has committed murder."


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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