In an ambitious security enhancement strategy, the Edo State government is embarking on an extensive program to train over 1,500 vigilantes, including local hunters and members of the state’s vigilante security network, in advanced weaponry and intelligence collection techniques.
This two-week intensive training program is set to take place at the Police Training College in Benin, as revealed by Kole Omomia, the coordinator of the Edo State Security Network.
During his briefing, Omomia shared that the trainees were primarily selected from the Edo Central and Edo South senatorial districts. Previously, a batch of 574 operatives and hunters from the Edo North senatorial district has already received this specialized training.
Omomia highlighted the central goal of the training: “The 1,500 operatives/hunters chosen from Edo central and south senatorial districts will engage in rigorous training. This program is designed to enrich their skills and knowledge in the field.”
In support of this initiative, State Governor Godwin Obaseki has supplied bikes to facilitate logistics during the training period.
Omomia lauded the governor’s dedication to security, emphasizing, “Edo is among the nation’s leading states in terms of security. Governor Obaseki is deeply committed to this, as he wishes to create an inviting environment for investors.”
The training will cater to the needs of newly recruited local hunters and vigilantes who lack formal training. The program’s comprehensive curriculum will cover topics like weapons handling, patrol tactics, stop-and-search operations, ambush strategies, and counter-terrorism measures.
According to Omomia, the program will deploy a number of resource persons to ensure the trainees are physically fit and mentally prepared for their challenging roles.
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