…Calls on Residents to be More Security Conscious
By Agnes Nworie
As the fight against criminality to ensure safety of lives and property intensifies, Vigilante group of Nigeria (VGN) Ebonyi state has deemed it necessary to set up Ebonyi North zonal command.
Speaking during commissioning ceremony of the new command complex at Onuebonyi, the state Commandant of the non governmental paramilitary organization Mr. Job Edeh who urged residents to be more security conscious also advised them to make available prompt and accurate information as they are poised to stamp out crimes in the state.
According to him, decentralization of the commands to the three senatorial zones in the state will make it easier for the group to cover at closer range and ensure faster reduction of crime rate to the barest minimum.
Officers under the new command to be headed by Mr. Okube Dominic were admonished to work in accordance to dictates of the law by reporting all cases to the police for prosecution and work in synergy with other sister security agencies.
“They must be obedient to laws of VGN and constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. They must also work in synergy with other security agencies to make the state crime free. They must respect human rights.
“We want to decentralize the operation of VGN just like other security agencies in Nigeria. We are going to reinforce the Local Government Area commands, all geared towards reducing the security challenges ravaging the country. So, all hands must be on deck,” the State Commandant stated.
On his part, Area commander of the new command Mr. Okube assured the people that VGN officers have undergone trainings on leadership responsibilities and challenges, conflict resolution, crowd control, human rights, first aids, surveillance and other security apparatus in line with modern dos and don’ts in global best practices.
He noted that VGN is a collaborator in the quest to make our society crime free and to promote peaceful co- existence, regretted that lack of finance have hampered their work in many dimensions and called on the federal government of Nigeria to give speedy ascent to their establishment bill.
“Today is historic as VGN flag is being hosted in the land of Izzi Unuphu ward 8 on official inauguration of VGN area command to stamp out threats of criminality as a habitat of Inyimagu Izzi Unuphu can now sleep with their two eyes closed.”
Earlier in their speeches, chairman of the ceremony Mr. Uguru Obinna and chairman of Okada riders association in the state Comrade Paulinus Akam advised cooperate bodies, philanthropists, all people of good will to support the group financially and otherwise to ensure continuity of their good works to the society and charged the officers to work within confines of the law.
The ceremony was witnessed by representatives of Police area commander, DPO central police station, DSS, the Press, state chairman of vulcanizers association among many other bodies.