ABUJA—More than 1000 vigilante members in the North-East of the country have so far been killed by the Boko Haram terrorists, the Commandant-General, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Usman Mohammed Jahun, has disclosed.
Jahun, a retired Major -General, made this known while addressing his men, who participated in the three-day intelligence and provost trainings, organised by the group, weekend, in Abuja.
He said it is unfortunate that despite the sacrifices made by the deceased members, their families were neither compensated nor recognized by the government.
‘’We are making personal sacrifice to address security issues at the grassroots across the country, but no one is recognizing us. It is unfortunate, we should be encouraged by a way of recognition,” he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of the group’s Board of Trustees, Alhaji Ahmed Dahaltu, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant government agencies to formally recognize activities of the group.
‘’Let our members also have the same benefits with other security outfits in the country. We are closer to the grassroots more than any of them and we are fighting crime with sincerity. Our support to the present administration is total and we would continue to assist in curbing crimes in local communities,” he said.
Participants said they have been equipped for the task ahead and begged relevant authorities to utilize them in fighting crime at local level.