By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex on Tuesday said the Vigilance Service has been established to help improve security, putting more manpower on the ground to deter and respond to threats in the state.
Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex expressed this when he represented Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai at the official launching of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service held in Government House premises in Kaduna.
According to him, Kaduna State is once again making a concrete investment in securing its people, through the establishment of a Vigilance Service.
He said the Vigilance Service will complement the existing security and law enforcement agencies which are all federal assets.
Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex said, judging from the wide coverage, security is one of the big challenges of our time.
“Yet any familiarity with the issue, beyond the headlines that tell painful stories of loss, injury and sometimes displacement, is the cold fact that our police is undermanned.
“While waiting for critical policy changes like funding a mass recruitment of police officers and decentralizing the police, we must take steps within the law to strengthen security in our state, coupled with supporting the work of the federal police.
“Kaduna State Government established the Vigilance Service by law. The purpose of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service is to complement the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies operating in the State in the detection and prevention of crimes in our neighbourhoods and communities,” he said.
In a remark, the chairman, Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVS), Col. D.K Anto, (rtd) said the Vigilance Service is essentially a complementary body that is statutorily mandated to assist the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in prevention and detection of crime and protection of lives and property and the preservation of law and order.
He called on the Vigilance Service to immediately and voluntarily subsume themselves to the service.
Anto urged members of the general public to give their support to the efforts of government towards enhancing security in the state.
The Commander Kaduna State Vigilance Service, Honourable Muhammad Ali, said the vigilance service is taking off when Nigeria is becoming a playground of carnage, insurgency, gang violence and act of political rascality.
He pledged that Kaduna State Vigilance Service will tackle head on until normalcy is restored in every communities in the state.
He added that, he shall contribute his best by his conduct and attitude to work in order to justify the trust and confidence reposed in the Kaduna State Vigilance Service for others to follow, he said.
The Deputy Governor, formally launched the Kaduna state Vigilance Service and he officially handed over the instrument of Command to the Commander.