The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has appealed to government at all levels to help its groups with logistics, trainings, among other incentives needed to improve services.
Its Commanding General, Dr. Usman Jahun, made the call in Abuja on Sunday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He noted that security should be the concern of all citizens.
He also called for collaborative efforts to ensure adequate safety of lives and property in the country.
“Citizens need to identify the roles they can play to ensure the country is sufficiently secure.
“The government, the media, business people, various trade unions, among others, also have a role to play.
“The public should cooperate with security agencies to ensure that we meet our goals of securing communities,” he said.
He said that despite obvious challenges, the organization had contributed immensely to ensuring security in the country.
“The non-assent of the Vigilante Bill has seriously affected our operations, but we have strived to be self-sustaining.
“The army and the police failed to suppress the insurgency in the north-eastern part of the country, for example, because they had to call on the services of local militiamen.
“It is therefore clear that security agencies need the services of community members to carry out their functions effectively.
“We are greatly assisting the relevant security agencies in Borno, traveling through Sambisa forest among others, to help them carry out their duties,” he said.
NAN reports that the group, which has branches across the country, promotes community policing, assists traditional security agencies in crime prevention and control, among other functions. (NOPE)