The commandant general of the vigilante group of Nigeria, (VGN) Usman Jahum, has urged the President-elect Gen Muhammadu Buhari to motivate and pay more attention to the group to enable them utilise their local security method to tackle insecurity at grassroot level.
Jahum who made this call in Abuja after five days of intensive training of over 2,000 of its members, said the incoming administration can only make more success in security if it partners with the local vigilante in the country.
He said the group has since been operating in every political ward of the Federation and has been lending a helping hand to security agencies and the duly constituted authorities.
According to him, the vigilante group which started as a state groups and later merged at the federal level for more effective planning and execution of its activities in securing lives.
“This event is a peak of the vigilantes leadership training in which our members were trained on some aspects of operational skills, law and human rights, ethics and allied issues. The training upgraded the skills of vigilante members and positioned them to better discharge their functions effectively and in accordance with the law”.
He further highlighted some of their objectives which includes: to reduce criminal activities and fear of crime in the society, to reduce hazard to community at large and provided reassurance to community members.
Others include: to meet victims and witnesses needs and to respect the human rights aims of suspects and other citizens.
He said some of the successes made by the group include: the coming together of various state to unite at the federal level towards harmonisation of policies.
“And attaining national status, holding capacity building training and workshops to build the capacity of the members on various aspects of informal policing system”.