The Lagos State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria on Tuesday urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to include the group in the security architecture of the state to curb crime.
The commandant, James Udoma, who made the plea at the 5th training of its members at the Police Training School, Ikeja, noted that the group was ready to cooperate with the state government and the police to fight crime in rural and urban areas.
Udoma noted that the group recruited officers who were members of their communities to foster community policing.
He said, “In recent times, Nigeria has witnessed an upsurge in insecurity in different parts of the country. Insurgency, kidnapping, rape, gruesome killings caused by unidentified criminals have now become the order of the day.
“This is why VGN, in our effort to curb crime in Lagos and all over the country, will welcome all forms of collaboration and synergy with other law enforcement and security agencies in addressing various security threats confronting residents and other rural communities in various parts of the country.
“VGN has its men and officers domiciled in their areas of operations because our recruitment policy is built around the concept of domicile and nativity from wards and local government areas and that is why we call on the governor to synergise with VGN.”
Udoma urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the bill which would recognise VGN as a security institution in the country.
Also speaking, a national officer of the group, Kabiru Mohammed, noted that all the VGN members had been captured by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Ministry of Interiors and were awaiting their service numbers.