Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Dingyadi has warned Nigerian against taking up arms illegally to defend themselves against bandits.
Dingyadi issued this warning while reacting to a recent call by Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who asked residents to rise above meekness and defend themselves against the bandits.
Speaking on Tuesday during the 2nd annual media briefing at Force headquarters in Abuja, Dingyadi dismissed Masari’s call saying the governor is entitled to his opinion.
“I think we should know that we are in Nigeria, where everybody is entitled to his opinion. I think the governor has the right to canvass for what he thinks it is right in his state.
“Of course, we shouldn’t expect the people to just be sleeping without taking measures to ensure that they secure themselves, they secure their neighbours and they secure their communities. That is the essence of community policing.