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Community policing: Ooni of Ife seeks quick passage of Vigilance Group bill

 By Akeeb Alarape, Lagos


Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has called on the National Assembly to ensure quick passage of the bill seeking the establishment of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) pending before it.


Addressing leaders of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, who paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, the monarch assured that he would work on their request but charged them to be above board in the discharge of their duties.


The monarch, who described security of lives and properties as important, advised the vigilante group while performing their duties to cooperate with the police and other security agencies recognised by the law.


Earlier, the Commander General of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Alhaji Aliyu Sokoto, begged the monarch to intervene in the quick passage of the VGN bill which he said had gone through second reading at floor of the National Assembly.


According to him, if the bill was passed the group would work harder to see that lives and properties of Nigerians are secured.


He said their job would be made easy when they are recognized by law, noting that would also be well equipped by the government to combat crime in the society.


He said: “We assure Nigerians that we will work round the clock to see that every one of them sleep with their two eyes closed without molestation from any quarter.”



On the entourage of Alhaji Sokoto include his Chief of Staff, Chief Jimoh Aliu, the deputy Commander General, Alhaji Umar Mohammed and others.

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