On Monday, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki presented the Edo State Community Vigilante Defense Network with 15 operating vehicles in order to improve their success and increase security in the state.
The vehicles were presented by the governor during a meeting with representatives of the network and heads of different security agencies in the state at the Government House in Benin City.
“As the fueling plans have been put in place, we have made several vehicles available in the first batch to improve your versatility.
We’re arranging for more bullet-proof vests to cover the men while you go on missions.
In addition, we will provide you with additional contact devices to help you communicate better,”
Obaseki, who praised the vigilante network, praised them for their efforts in rescuing kidnappers in the state and assisting federal security agencies in ensuring the safety of lives and property in Edo State.
“I get regular updates of the success of your operations and achievements in retrieving weapons and ammunition, as well as your actions in recapturing escapees from the prison jailbreak,” he added.
I’d like to thank you for your assistance in assisting overburdened federal enforcement forces in upholding law and order in different communities.
I appreciate the sacrifices you are taking for us.
“We are mindful of your problems and have agreed that the force should evolve from the ground up, organically rather than politically; this is why you were chosen rather than imposed from your respective cultures.
You have explained your life, as well as the government’s, by understanding that security is a local concern.
“We will also collaborate with you and the government agencies,” he said.
Last week, I visited Ogida Training School to assess the facility’s condition and dedicated to assisting the police in refurbishing the facility, which we have already begun in order to make it available for your training.
“You all are aware of the height of the security challenges and we quietly worked out our own response and created our own security volunteer network. Today, it has grown, doing what we expected it to do by connecting security between local communities and federal security agencies.”
The governor reassured that his administration would put in place legislation to strengthen the security network and help it discharge its responsibilities effectively.
“We would bring in motion the appropriate regulations while ensuring that it does not interfere with the current conditions on the ground.
You function as an operational power to supplement the state’s existing security structures,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, the state network’s coordinator, said, “We have formed a vigilante up to about 75% of the 1,416 communities across the 18 local councils of Edo State.”
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