The Osun State Commandant of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Alhaji OyedokunAdebamigbe, has warned the newly appointed executive members of the group to desist from acts capable of tarnishing the image of the association, saying that the violation of the constitution of the body might lead to the termination of their appointment.
Adebamigbe gave the warning during the official presentation of certificate of awards to 15 newly appointed state executives and three zonal commandants at the VGN headquarters in Ayetoro, Osogbo.
The commandant, while identifying security consciousness among Nigerians as an antidote to the security challenges facing the country, he called on Nigerians and the people of Osun State, in particular to report any strange movement in their vicinities to security agencies, saying that security matters should not be taken with levity.
Emphasising the need for a more harmonious relationship between the police and the group, Adebamigbe stated that the police and the vigilante group had been enjoying cordial relationship for a long period of time.
According to him, such relationship will help the police in discharging their duty of protecting life and property better.
He maintained that the only way Nigeria could overcome insecurity is to jointly fight the menace to a standstill.
“It is paramount to maintain utmost vigilance in our respective abode. The security of our life and property is too important to be left in the hands of security agencies alone,” he said.
Adebamigbe further expressed the VGN’s readiness to continue to support the Nigerian army in the ongoing fight against the deadly Boko Haram insurgents, and to rescue the Chibok Girls.
Enumerating the group’s achievements, the commandant listed the discovery of Indian hemp farms in a joint operation with the NDLEA and NSCDC at Ikire in Irewole Local Government Area of the state, voiding of bank robbery in Modakeke, Sammya Construction Company, Alasan and Ile-Ife and the arrest of the suspects.
He, therefore, advised the newly appointed executives, the zonal commandants and all other members of the group to be loyal to the constituted authorities, security agents and cooperate with stakeholders in their various communities.
In their remarks on behalf of the awardees, the Deputy State Commandant and the Ijesa Zonal Commandant, Abiodun Oguleye and Bello Wasiu, respectively appreciated the state and federal commandants for bestowing on them the award of recognition, promising to continue to be good ambassadors of the organisation.