Edo State Government says it has launched a vigilante network to strengthen security architecture in the State in order to deal with the rising insecurity challenges.
The vigilante network is a community-based effort to stir local communities to partner with government security agencies to protect lives and properties.
A lead expert on the vigilante scheme, Yusuf Haruna, notes that the new arrangement is intended to co-opt key players in local communities to secure their spaces, gather intelligence, build trust and ensure adequate security across the state.
He added that the plan is to ensure that Edo State is safe for all with zero tolerance for cultism and kidnapping.
The mission is to smoke out criminal elements and ensure that they are not comfortable in the communities.
He commended communities that have set up vigilantes to work collectively for their sustenance, and urged others desirous of setting up similar outfits to approach the State Government for clearance and necessary guidance.