Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), body overseeing groups in charge of local policing in the country, has received a communication package from Globacom that will see its members freely communicate with each other while on duty across the country.
Dubbed Vigicom, the package will also allow the group members to communicate with their families freely especially in distress.
According to Alhaji Ali Sokoto, Commander General of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), the Vigicom will help them effectively police remote areas in the country and make intelligence gathering efficient.
Vigicom sends and receive alerts and users can call even without airtime and will be used by the members to ensure effective communication for the country’s security. However, the vigilante members will be required to pay N1,000 as monthly rental fee. Then them and their families will receive special lines for free.
According to a report by NewsDiaryOnline,”Security was a driving issue in the last Presidential campaign following bomb blast by Niger Delta militants and attacks of police by members of the extremist Islamic group, Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.”
The report adds that President Jonathan campaigned very hard to convince Nigerians that his government was meeting those security challenges. However, riots followed immediately after his election in the North. Everyday, the Boko Haram group kills several civilians and soldiers.
The AFP is reporting that thirty-five bodies in military uniform have been brought to a morgue in Nigeria’s restive northeast after a coordinated assault by Boko Haram targeting the security forces late Thursday in the Yobe state capital of Damaturu.
Vigicom will therefore help the community police groups to work with other security stakeholders curb crime.