4th April, 2011
The Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, Lagos State Command, a non-governmental voluntary and community-based security organisation, with over 5,000 members in the 57 local government areas and LCDAs in the state, has embarked on security awareness campaign.
The campaign is aimed at sensitising Lagosians at communities, LCDAs and CDA levels on the need to avoid criminal tendencies during and after this month’s general elections.
The voluntary organisation was founded five years ago as community policing group to complement the efforts of the state and federal governments’ security and law enforcement agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, SSS, NSCDC, Neighbourhood watch, etc. at the grassroots level.
VGN also serves as a security information and surveillance group networking directly between CDA, CDC, communities and the state government.
Speaking at the monthly local government superintendents and senior officers meeting at Iba in Iba LCDA, the state Commander, Mr. Olusola Olawale, advised the senior officers to be as vigilant as possible and to serve as security watchdogs against election malpractices and act as security support to their various local governments during the April polls.
This, according to him, is to complement the security networkÂ and achieve a peaceful re-election of Governor Babatunde Fashola to enable him continue the good governance which he has providedÂ in the past four years.
Olawale revealed that the VGN security survey at grassroots levels show that Lagosians can now sleep with both eyes closed as criminals and armed robbers have since fled to neighbouring states.