The ban placed on the Ashaka Community Vigilante Group in Ndokwa East Local Government Area has been lifted; a source inside Ashaka Police Division disclosed this while exchanging views with Ndokwa Reporters. The Police impeccable source, confided in the reporter that the former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) CSP Muhammed Shaba, the State Security Service (SSS,) the Ndokwa East Local Government Council, the leadership of Ndokwa East Vigilante group and the Okpala-Uku of Ashaka representatives witnessed the “Ban Lifting” ceremony, which further increased the membership to sixty.
The source however asserted that the Ashaka community and its environs remained crime free, and advised all the criminally minded people to vacate the area covered by Ashaka Police Division for their interest and safety. He explained that the members of the reconstituted Ashaka Vigilante were tasked on joining hands and efforts with other security operatives in ensuring that the area was made unsafe and conducive for criminals to operate.
Ndokwa Reporters reliably learnt that the new members of the vigilante group were thoroughly screened, and were warned against all acts related to crimes, or bear the wrath of the Law Enforcement Agents. The police source expressed huge appreciation to Delta State Police Commissioner for lifting the ban, and said that vigilante Groups were significant part of local policing. He assured the State Police Command that Ashaka Police Division would strictly monitor the operation of the vigilante members, urging them to always hand over any suspect caught to the police for further prosecution. The source also requested the residents of the area to promptly report any suspicious person, movement or objects around to security operatives and other law enforcement agents.
In his reaction to the development, the Chairman of Ashaka Community Development Committee (CDC) Chief Ajeh Omolu Kingsley on behalf of the people thanked the state police command for lifting the ban on the community vigilante group and assured the commissioner of police of cooperation of the community with the police in the division. Chief Omolu pointed out that security job is for everybody and requested the residents of the area, particularly the youths to be security conscious. It could be recalled that Delta State Police command earlier placed a ban on Ashaka community vigilance group resulting from a case related to child adoption in the community.