Kaduna State, Nigeria – In a bid to enhance security measures and combat rising criminal activities such as kidnapping and armed robbery, Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, has officially launched the training program for 7,000 recruits to join the Kaduna Vigilance Service. This initiative aims to bolster the ongoing efforts of law enforcement agencies within the state.
The recruits, hailing from all 23 local government areas of Kaduna State, are undergoing rigorous training at the Police College in the state capital, Kaduna. Governor Sani emphasized the pivotal role these newly trained vigilantes would play in supplementing the endeavors of security forces and curbing crime in the region.
Governor Sani explained that recruitment became imperative due to the inadequacy of regular security agencies in addressing the prevailing security challenges across the state. He clarified that the Kaduna Vigilance Service serves as a complementary security outfit, providing valuable intelligence and leveraging its familiarity with the local terrain to prevent bandits from finding refuge.
“The Kaduna Vigilance Service is a complementary security outfit. It will assist the security agencies with actionable intelligence. With its knowledge of the local environment, bandits will have no hiding place,” Governor Sani stated.
“The commencement of this training is a major step towards fulfilling our promise to the good people of Kaduna State. In our administration’s blueprint, we committed to strengthening the manpower and “overall operational capacity of KADVS. Since its establishment, KADVS has been working with security agencies to degrade criminal elements.
He continued, “But we face the challenge of inadequate personnel to successfully wage the battle against bandits and other criminal elements. It is for this reason that our administration decided to recruit 7,000 personnel into the Kaduna Vigilance Service (KADVS).”
“The recruitment and screening of the trainees were the collaborative efforts of our local government chairmen, traditional and religious leaders, key stakeholders at the grassroots level, and security agencies.”
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