A former Minister of State for Defence ,Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Nigeria Police, Directorate of State Security Service, (DSS) and other stakeholders have drummed support for the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, (VGN), describing it as an outstanding security outfit for community policing.
They stated this in Lagos during the VGN inauguration held in Ishashi area of Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Speaking at the event, Senator Obanikoro said crime and corruptions are evils under which no country or nation, states or community can thrive.
The former Defence minister who represented by Mr.Adegbite Ismaila, said it is a good development for Nigeria to adopt VGN into national and state security apparatus, adding that the emergence of the Lagos State Neighborhoodwacth and Safety Corps, (LSNSC), has been yielding positive result in the state.
The Lagos State Commandant of VGN, Otunba James Udoma, a chartered security expert, said the inauguration of the VGN at the local government level which cuts across the 774 local council areas, including Abuja, is in line with the directive of the Commandant General of VGN, Alhaji Ali Sokoto, to sanitize the public about the group while waiting for official recognition.
He said,” it has become necessary at this critical stage of our national life, as a nation, for our government at all levels to adopt stronger collaboration among VGN and other security agencies in the area of intelligence gathering and sharing.
“This is why we are calling in President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the VGN bill on his table as a way of launching serious fight against terrorism, extremism and criminalities in our midst.”
For, Abola Amuda, the Ishasi Divisional Police Officer, a Chief Superintendent of Police the excellent performance of VGN at the various communities in the state, especially in Ishasi and other areas call for recognition by the Federal Government.
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