Alhaji Bala Hassan, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Sokoto, has warned members of vigilante groups in the zone to desist from indiscriminate arrest of innocent people as ” cattle rustlers” .
Hassan gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday.
He said the warning was to prevent the groups from taking the law into their hands
He said the practice whereby the groups were arresting Fulani people on markets days in some parts of the zone would not be tolerated.
The AIG said that any vigilante group member found intimidating members of the public would be arrested and prosecuted.
He said Commissioners of Police in the zone had been briefed on the security measures to be adopted in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
He called on the people of the area to continue to live in peace with one another and to report any suspicious character to the nearest police station for prompt action.