Members of Vigilante Group of Nigeria during the annual road walk
in Abuja . Photo Jide Oyekunle
Abuja- The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has called on
President Muhammadu Buhari to engage their members into the
community policing project to compliment other security agents in
The Commandant General of the security outfit, Abubakar Umar
disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the annual road match by
the officers of the group.
He called on the President to expedite action and look into the
relevance of the group in local security and intelligence gathering as
a way of tackling security challenges.
Umar noted that all members of the group have been registered by
the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC ) as part of
effort to minimise the tendency of criminal elements in their midst.
The Commandant added that if the organisation was accorded a
legal backing and recognition it would provide a complimentary roles
aimed at reducing crime rates in the country.
According to him “We as members of Vigilante Group of Nigeria are
appealing to our President and Commander in Chief of the Armed
Forces to look into our bill and our relevance in the local security
and intelligence networking in Nigeria. We are presently working
together with the military, Nigeria police, NDLEA, NSCDC, DSS,
Customs and Immigration.”
“We can serve as important component of federal government
proposed community policing. Our members are in every nook and
crannies of border towns and villages.”
He explained that their members are capable of assisting in
addressing local security challenges such as protection of national
critical assets and conflict prevention and resolution.
He noted that their members have received comprehensive training
from the relevant security agencies with the view to validating and
enriching their knowledge.
“Apart from the old pipelines , Nigeria has over 3,000km newly build
gas and petroleum pipeline , Great Green Wall Nigeria, Inland
waterways and creeks , railway stations and lines , power plants and
many other key facilities which our members are capable of
protecting in various areas as first line of defence if given
Recall the federal government had recently approved the sum of
N13.3 billion to launch the Community Policing scheme in Nigeria
with the aim to improve the security infrastructure and deliver a
more efficient policing framework.