By Bankole Tsiwo, Abeokuta
As part of efforts to ensure peaceful conduct of next week presidential poll and March 2nd gubernatorial elections, Vigilante Service of Nigeria, Ogun state command said it has concluded arrangement to deploy its over 8000 personnel spread across the state to provide adequate security for the residents of the state before, during and after the elections.
Mr Adedoyin Olanrewaju Nureni, Commander, Vigilante Service of Nigeria (VGN) Ogun State disclosed this at a press conference held at its headquarters, Adigbe, Abeokuta to intimate the public of its preparedness to ensure peaceful conduct of 2019 polls.
Adedoyin said “in view of the recent political crisis in the state, many people are already exercising fear, some have even said they will not go out to vote. We are just using this medium to assure residents of our dear state that VGN has concluded arrangement to deploy its over 8000 personnel to complement efforts of other security agencies to ensure that our people and their properties are secured during the elections”.
The VGN has equally debunked the insinuation that it usually work for the government in power saying that the security agency has always been non partisan as its focus remained providing security for the people irrespective of any government in power.
Adedoyin also called on political party members to eschew violence and play according to the rules of the game urging all the candidates to also talk to their supporters on the importance peace as no meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of violence and rancour. The Commander lauded Gov Amosun for his support towards VGN in the state saying that the security agency would remained grateful to the governor for his fatherly care.
Adedoyin also used the medium to appealed to President Muammadu Buhari to assent the bill establishing VGN passed by the national assembly last year as this would further encourage the security agency to do more for the country explaining that VGN had done a lot for the country in fighting Bokoharam, kidnapping and other forms of insecurities