Vigilante Groups, Security Voluntary Organization Specially Trained To Fight Insurgency In Plateau
In line with intensified efforts to fight insurgency In Plateau state, some security groups of voluntary security organizations have been trained on effective and efficient ways of relaying early warning signs and well as conflict situations to relevant authority for prompt action.
The Vigilante, Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, First Aids group, Jama’tu Nasril Islam, JNI, Royal Shepherd, Royal Rangers as well as community women that constituted the groups were trained by the Institute of Governance and Social Research, IGSR and urged to apply the knowledge gained to improve security in the state.
Addressing the groups, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, Hamisu Ali Jos, urged the groups to remain resolute in their responsibilities and “not to be over zealousness but rather hardworking and efficient for better community policing.”
He noted that though security is the primary responsibility of the government, the Police Force has acute shortage of manpower hence the need for communities to complement their efforts by creating and maintaining good working relationship with the Police, gathering credible information, maintaining of records and relaying same to the appropriate authority.
Vice President of IGSR, Victoria Elaigwu who earlier addressed the group said the idea behind the event was as a result of high rate of insecurity and violence that have engulfed the Nigerian State over time and urged participants to always remain vigilant as security is everybody’s business.
Resource Persons at the event were drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security Service, (DSS), National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Operation Rainbow as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC.