The commander of the Benue State Community Volunteer Guard (BSCVG), Captain Ayuma Ajobi (retd.), on Friday disclosed that no fewer than nine members of the Guard had lost their lives since its establishment.
The commander said while eight members of the Guards were killed in active service at their various duty posts, one (1) died from brief illness.
Ajobi, who said this at the commissioning of the BSCVG in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, added that the guards since its establishment had helped greatly in assisting the conventional security outfits in the state in combating crime.
According to him, the launch of the portal became necessary to take care of cases of biometric data of bonafide members of the outfit and to reduce impersonation.
He listed the challenges confronting BSCVG to include Inferior Weapon Calibre, lack of Protective Body Armour/Fragmentation Jackets, Absence of Surveillance and Intelligence Acquisition Gadgets, lack of Protective Body Armour/Fragmentation Jackets, absence of Marine Department/Patrol Boats/Life Jackets and Lack of Security Awareness for citizens.