About 974 members of Kaduna State Vigilante Service (KADVS), in the Southern part of Kaduna State have been trained by the Nigerian Army under its Operation Safe Haven, Jos, on modern ways of tackling crimes and criminalities in the area.
Speaking on Saturday during the passing out Parade of the trainees in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, said the move was to equip and expose the men and women of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service on how to compliment the activities of Government and other security agencies fighting crimes and criminalities in the society.
While challenging the trainees to make good use of the training they have acquired from the military in the past one month to fortify their communities, Ali said the command will continue to support and explore new ways of protecting lives and property of the people at all times.
Ali expressed satisfaction for those trained, adding that the passing out of the personnel will no doubt enhance the security architecture and contribute to local policing in Southern Kaduna.
General Ali reminded the trainees of the oath of allegiance administered on them, which he said has made them acquire special status of civil law and code of conduct as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Commander, Kaduna State Vigilance Service, Brigadier General Umar Ibrahim (Rtd) thanked the Military under Operation Safe Haven Jos, for agreeing to retrain their personnel, pointing out that it will in no small way, contribute to the fight against enemies of the state in the communities.
He charged the trainees not to see their training as a license to intimidate people in their communities, but that they should strive to correct the abnormalities in society.
Some of the trainees who spoke in an interview thanked the state government and the military for the opportunity given them to contribute their quota through Vigilance, and pledged to work tirelessly even as they called for support and cooperation of the people to succeed.
Recently, over 200 civilians in Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas were trained by the Operation Safe Haven to improve security of lives and fight criminal agents within the society.