Reps facilitate constitutional recognition of vigilante groups

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Nigeria's House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is to facilitate government’s recognition of Nigerian Vigilante Group, to strengthen security of lives and property in the country.

This will include persuading the President to ascent to the Nigerian Vigilante Group Bill passed by the 8thAssembly to give constitutional recognition to the group operating in various communities across Nigeria.

Speaking when he received the group in Abuja, the Deputy Speaker House of representatives, Ahmad Idris Wase commended the group for complementing government’s efforts in providing security at the grass root level.

He described the organization as “grass root non-governmental security outfit and I identified with your contribution in the North East zone of the country.

I thanked your leadership for your role in community policing and we are going to look into the bill we passed at the 8th Assembly and to ensure that your activities are recognized by the constitution.”

Earlier, the Chief of Staff, National Headquarters of the organization, Retired Navy Captain Abubakar Umar Bakori said the Vigilante Group is aimed at complementing the National Security Agencies in intelligence gathering.

He said the group which collaborates with other security agencies in the fight against insurgency in the North east has over seventeen thousand Nigerians working with them and about two million across the country as volunteers.

“We lost many of our members to insurgency in the North East. We called on the National Assembly to help to strengthen the organization through a piece of legislation,” Bakori added.

VGN had over the years been trained by professional organizations within and outside the country on best security practices.