By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Hon. Iyadim Amboni Iyadim, has stated that his administration will pay high premium on the protection of lives and property of the citizenry in the area.
He reiterated this stand while receiving Officers of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) stationed in the area led by Chief Superintendent (Mrs) Janet Eyo Effio, during a courtesy call in his office.
Iyadim, disclosed his council’s readiness to partner with all security agencies operationg in the area so as to make the area a safe haven for business transactions.
According to him, “such a partnership will not only secure both residential and business environment but also boost the economic growth of the area being an international border town.
He lauded the Group for engaging in community policing, asserted that their impact was highly felt in the area.
Said he, your presence in primary schools is additional mark to the council’s efforts in repositioning education in the area through creation of enabling environment.
Iyadim urged the group to undertake a sensitization programme ,especially at primary school level ,at discouraging and engaging the pupils on crime prevention as well as need to shun all forms of cultism as this will mould them to become good citizens in future.
The Chairman acknowledged the Group’s contributions in the area which he noted had helped other security operatives to successfully carry out their statutory functions and promised them that the council will work with them to ensure their mission to Bakassi was successful and the desired results achieved.
Earlier, leader of Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Bakassi local government area, Chief Superintendent (Mrs) Janet Eyo Effiom, disclosed that the Group is an informal community policing entity assisting the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies in executing their task of protecting the country , adding that they also arrest and handover criminals to police for prosecution as well as protect and preserve public property
According to Effiom, “with the clearance from the police, we have assisted public agencies in the protection of their properties and promised to render such services to the council if given the opportunity.
She, however, appealed for the council’s assistance in the provision of an official vehicle and finance to enable them carry out the duties in the area effectively.