Chief Osazuwa Iduriase, the Duke (Enogie of Eyaen in Edo), called for proper profiling of various vigilance groups to combat insecurity in the state on Wednesday.
When the leadership of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo Council, paid him a visit in his palace in Benin, he made the decision.
He explained that the call was made to ensure that those enlisted were well-known and recommended by numerous community leaders in order to prevent undesirable elements from infiltrating.
Iduriase said that due to a lack of background checks before they were enlisted, the vigilante members’ operations in the state fell short of public expectations.
“On the security in the state. Well is like everybody has to wake up because this time around, we do not sleep with our two eyes close.
“I believe that each and everyone of us need to support the security agencies by way of giving them the necessary information on what is going on in our areas.
“I so much thank the federal and the state governments for introducing the vigilante.
“But I must say on the vigilante that the governments should carry the traditional rulers along.
“Recruiting members into security outfit without appropriate screening is not a good development.
“A member of a vigilante outfit ought to have come with a surety or be recommended by the traditional ruler and village head to the police for appropriate documentation.
“So, I am advising and also appealing to the state government and to law enforcement agenicies to properly watch carefully before any member can be given the authority to go about with guns,” he said.
The traditional ruler, however, commended journalists for carrying out their duties diligently and enjoined them to strive to balance their reportage.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Chapel, Nefishetu Yakubu, commended the Enogie for the prevailing peace as well as his job creation initiative in his domain.