Vigilante Group of Nigeria, has trained over 800 members with a view to bolstering their capacity for disaster management.
The three day exercise which ended at the weekend in Abuja,
according to Commandant-General of the group, Usman Muhammad Jahun , had in attendance officials of the Red Cross, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, invited to train participants drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital territory, FCT, Abuja.
Jahun, explained that considering the closeness of members of the group to the grassroots, it was imperative for them to be prepared for disasters like flood, fire amongst others and thereby assist other sister organisations in reducing casualties during such disasters.
Regretting that despite their efforts at curbing crimes in the rural communities as well loss of members to insurgency in the North-East, the federal government has not according them formal recognition.
‘’Our efforts are not being recognized both at the federal level and in many of the states despite our efforts at curbing crimes at the local communities. We are appealing to the Federal Government to grant us formal recognition and state governments to support us financially and in the area of logistics,’’ he emphasised.
In this vein the Commandant stated the group is working on a bill that would be submitted to the National Assembly, seeking the formal recognition of the group and appealed to his men to continue to make sacrifice by working towards crime-free society in their respective communities.

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