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Taraba Vigilantes organise dinner awards to boost members’ morale

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Taraba State Command, has organised a New year Dinner and Awards to boost the morale of its personnel.

The event took place in Jalingo, the state capital, where about 150 officers received Awards based on their “dedication and punctuality” to duty.

Also, some received commendation certificates based on their commitment to the “overall success” of the Command.

Speaking at the occasion, the State Commandant, Commander Bollo Arabi urged the awardees and other members of the VGN State Command “not to relent” in their efforts in securing their communities.

Represented by the Deputy State Commandant, DCV Dominic Kabanya, Commander Arabi also called on members to ensure they continue “working in synergy” with the formal security agencies in protecting the lives and properties of the people of the state.

He appealed to the Taraba state government and organisations like the North East Development Commission (NEDC), among others, to assist them with “operational tools”, including vehicles, to enhance their patrols.

“Our officers and men are contributing immensely to curbing crimes in the state,” Commander Arabi stressed.

“We had recorded a lot of success in 2022, including the arrest of criminals terrorising our communities, and we will continue with our efforts in that regard,” he vowed.

The Assistant State Commandant, Dr Israel Habibu Idris warned VGN personnel not to collect bribes in the course of discharging their duties.

He prayed to God to bring back the attention of the Taraba state government to VGN and look into its plight.

On his part, the state VPRO, ACV Suleiman Aliyu observed that in the entire northeast, only Taraba has been left behind as all its neighbours have received brand-new patrol vehicles donated by their state governments. He consequently appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to “look into” the matter .

Reporting by Sani Sulaman;Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor