ABOUT KOGI STATE VIGILANTE SERVICE
The need for adequate security in every fold or society cannot be over emphasised. Security of lives and properties of the citizens in any state of the federation is the responsibility of the state governor as enshrined under section 14 (2)(b) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Accordingly, the Kogi State Vigilante Service was established in 2014. It is a paramilitary organisation committed to the service of the state, commissioned and assigned to provide additional security and curtail any security threat within the state especially at the grassroot-level.
The bill for a law that established the Kogi State Vigilante Service was signed into law on 25th November 2014. The Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello noticed that the various vigilante groups operated differently without sense of focus. He decided to merge all of them under one umbrella without political party, tribal or religious affiliations. Consequently, a team led by the comptroller of vigilantes went round the 21 Local Government Areas of the state and recruited 1500 vigilantes. But out of the magnanimity of the Governor, he decided to increase the number to 3,000 vigilantes. In addition also approved and trained 500 extra to cover the border local government areas of Dekina, Ankpa, Omala, Olamaboro and Bassa Local Governments. This is to checkmate the activities of hoodlums, armed robbers and kidnappers from the affected areas.
“To complement the existing security apparatus in the state by providing effective security using the teeming youths at the grass-root level”.
Working together with people irrespective of religious, political, social or economic affiliations to:
1. Deliver quality Vigilante service that is accessible to the generality of the people.
2. Build a lasting trust in the Vigilante by members of the public.
3. Protect and uphold the rights of persons, to be impartial and respectful in the performance of Vigilante duties.
4. Continuously evaluate and improve Vigilante services.
5. Provide equal opportunities for career developments for all members of the service.
6. Cooperate with all relevant government Agencies and other stakeholders.
7. Liaise with the Ministries and Agencies and the other security Services Commission to formulate and implement policies for the effective policing of States.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Before joining the Kogi State Vigilante Service a candidate must possess the following: