Officers of the Ogun State Community and Social Orientation Safety Corps (So- Safe Corps), formally Vigilante Service of Ogun State (VSO), have been charged to be professional in the discharge of their duties and continue to justify the confidence reposed in them.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, gave the charge at the official flag off of the Corps, held at the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, said one of the challenges faced by his administration in 2011 was the issue of insecurity, noting that it was a period when financial institutions in Ogun East Senatorial District of the State shut down operations, due to incessant attacks of men of the underworld.
Amosun pointed out that there was similar experience in Ogun West Senatorial District, where enormous cross border criminal incidences were recorded and the State witnessed a high level of insecurity at all levels.
“However, following the convocation of a security summit, a Security Trust Fund was launched in 2012, which led to the establishment of the Vigilante Service of Ogun State, with the responsibilities of combating community crimes and since its creation, the Corp had lived up to its expectation “,
While acknowledging the unprecedented success story of the outfit, the Governor noted that it has helped in the areas of community policing and combating crimes in the State, as well as its environs.
He, therefore, advised management and Officers of the Corp to be courteous, continue to make the citizens comfortable and discharge their duties without intimidation, adding that the Agency law was assented to in December 2017.
In his response, the State Commander of So- Safe Corps, Mr. Soji Ganzallo, appreciated the State Government for formally unveiling the new identity of the Corp, adding that when VSO came on board in 2011, it had within two months of its operations mopped up over 180 arms and ammunition from suspected kidnappers and robbers in the State.