The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu and his brother Governors in the South West part of Nigeria have been applauded by Otunba James Jones Udoma, Lagos State Commander of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) on the proposed Joint Regional Security force with the code name, “Amotekun”.
He believed that the project would adequately address the security challenges militating against development, investment opportunities and resourcefulness of the people in the region in particular and the entire Nigeria nation in general.
It would be recalled Governors of the South West States of Nigeria comprising; Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti during a security summit held at the Theophilius Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan on September 2019 agreed to set up a joint patrol team, to be known as ‘Amotekun’ in the region.
The Commander disclosed that Vigilante Group of Nigeria was fully prepared to do their utmost best to contribute to the success of the joint security force because, according to him the project was laudable, reasonable, well conceived and also exigent.
Udoma said Vigilante Group of Nigeria, being the foremost grassroot security outfit, has since established in 1999 been involved in community policing, and available in all nooks and crannies of the communities across the 36 states in Nigeria and eagerly battle ready waiting for the command and directives of the Lagos State Governor.
He disclosed that the Lagos State Command was prepared to present a well trained harmonized officers and men of Vigilante Group in the service of the state as done in other sister states namely Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti having been named as one of the major security angencies in the Amotekun project.
Udoma opined that Lagos State being the industrial capital of Nigeria, with increased economic and commercial activities, cross border migration, as well as the state harbouring the busiest highway in the country, it is no doubt the major attractions to criminality.
The number one Vigilant person in the state stressed that their aim and aspiration has been to fight crime and reduce it to the barest minimum, saying that all they had ever wanted was government backing and support in terms of equipment, logistics.
He added that the group was ready to provide personnel for the task force to operate effectively, and was ready to work with Police, the Armed forces as well as any other local security agencies that might the captured in the Amotekun force.
Otunba Udoma who is practically versed and well trained scholastically in security matters said to attract the right investment and business, security must be prioritised as envisioned by Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) and the Governors of the South West states of the Nigerian nation.
He promised his group would work assiduously and conscientiously to strengthen the security system with a mission to make the state the most secured and prosperous in the country.
The Commander stated it was regrettable that Lagos State, which remained the most visited state in Nigeria and a port of call to many foreigners is daily stretched in terms of security.
He therefore urged all residents and stakeholders to partner with security agencies and the hard working and people- oriented government led by Mr. Sanwo-Olu to reduce crime rate in the State.