Borno - Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has warned members of the youth vigilante group to desist from establishing illegal detention centres in the state.
Deputy Governor and Borno Youth Empowerment Scheme (BOYES) chairman, Zanna Umar Mustapha, who represented the governor at a passing out parade, said Shettima had reminded youths they had no power to arrest or detain suspects and advised them to work with security agencies in the hunt for members of Boko Haram sect.
“It is important to note that you have no power to arrest or detain anybody but should always liaise with the security agencies with whom you are working. This is necessary so as not to create conflict between you and the security operatives in the course of discharging your duties,” Mustapha said at the passing out of the second batch of 1 000 youths under BOYES.
He said the governor reiterated the state government commitment to reduce youth restiveness and reduce unemployment through the programme.
He also appealed to the youths to do their duties diligently in accordance with the law, while assuring them that they will be considered for recruitment into security agencies when the need arise.
The state is enhancing its security following an increase in acts of insurgency.
Borno is one of the regions most affected by terror blamed on the Boko Haram sect.
– CAJ News