Security: Anambra community empowers vigilante with N17m, equipment
Over N17 million has been raised by Azia community in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state for the local vigilante towards tackling security in the area.
The community also provided a patrol vehicle, seven motorcycles and seven walkie talkies, while the deputy speaker of the Anambra state House of Assembly, Paschal Agbodike and chairman at the occasion, Eurial Chukwubundum, donated one million naira each.
Presenting the cash and equipment during the inaugural ceremony of Azia Unit of Anambra Vigilante Group, AVG, president general of Azia Town Union, Dr Nwabueze Tonna, explained that the move was to revitalise the community’s security architecture.
“It is the desire of the community to key into the state government’s resolve to maintain the status of the state as the safest in the country in terms of security of lives and property,” he said.
Chairman, Anambra State Vigilante Welfare Committee and special adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Vigilante Matters, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, praised the community for resisting hoodlums bent on burning down their police station during the #EndSARS protests.
He stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that criminals were flushed out of the state, charging other communities to emulate them in their own interest.
Responding, chairman of the State Vigilante Supervisory Committee and senior special assistant, SSA to the governor on Vigilante Matters, Chief Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba, commended the community for their security initiative.
Aduba, a retired commissioner of police, who also presented AVG pamphlet containing their code of conduct as guidelines for their future operations urged members to avoid conduct capable of tarnishing the image of the security outfit, assuring his men’s preparedness to train security operatives from willing communities.
On his part, Agbodike urged well-off sons and daughters of the state to lend support to their respective AVG Units to ensure maximum co-operation.