Insecurity: Vigilance group advocates compulsory military training for citizens

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IJEBU-ODE – A vigilance group, Obanta Safe and Secure Central Vigilante (OSSCV) of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun, has called on Federal Government to develop a compulsory military programme for citizens.

Mr Marcus Ayankoya, group’s Zonal Commander, made call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ijebu-Ode on Sunday.

programme be for citizens aged 18 and above,’’ he said.

The zonal commander said the country would be better in mounting a collective resistance to , when every Nigerian acquired self-defence skills.

He also advised the Federal Government to increase the duration of the compulsory scheme from one year to .

“This will give room for the absorption of the military programme,’’ Ayankoya said.

The zonal commander also said more efforts be aimed at providing jobs for the , in order to surmount the increasing spate of in the country.

He called on government and organisations to assist his group’s members in checking criminal activities in the Ijebu-Ode area.

Ayankoya however said the fight against crime would be difficult if law enforcement agents were adequately equipped.

“We have been trying to assist the police to curb crime in Ijebu-Ode in our own little way.

“We have curtailed the activities of cult groups and armed robbers who had been a major source of concern in Ijebu-Ode.

“However, our challenges remain inadequate finances and logistics,” he said.

Ayankoya expressed worry over the problem of paucity of funds facing local councils in the area, saying this had prevented them from fulfilling their obligations to the group.

He urged residents to see security agents as friends, and hesitate to report any suspicious activity to relevant authorities.

“Security is everyone’s . So, we must be committed in providing useful to security outfits who will aid the fight against crime,” the vigilance group leader said.

OSSCV is a of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a body comprising vigilance groups in the country.(NAN)