NSCDC plans effective security during Yuletide

Pic.3. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel training in preparation for the 2019 General Elections in Port Harcourt on Monday (18/2/19). NSCDC have deployed 60,000 personnel nationwide for the elections. 01489/19/2/2019/Chidi Ohalete/BJO/NAN

Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, has directed officers and men of the corps to ensure effective security across the country.

According to him, the directive becomes necessary in the event of threats to security of lives and property issued by some unscrupulous persons to disrupt peace during the Yuletide.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Department of State Services on Tuesday raised the alarm that criminals were planning to disrupt peace during the Yuletide.

Gana, in a statement by Emmanuel Okeh, NSCDC Public Relations Officer, on Wednesday in Abuja said that personnel had been effectively deployed to all parts of the country.

He said: “This is to maintain peace, order and effective security of lives and property before, during and after the yuletide.”

He further directed all Zonal Commanders and State Commandants of the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja to beef up security in their domains to ensure peace.

He also charged all personnel to conduct themselves in highly professional manner while discharging their duties.

According to Gana, all personnel are to abide by all COVID-19 protocols, especially the use of face masks, earlier distributed to them.

“Commandants nationwide are to ensure adequate protection of all critical national assets and infrastructure that are usually targeted by vandals and saboteurs during festive seasons,” he said.

He said the Commandants would ensure the deployment of all specialised units to all hot spots for effective monitoring and coverage.

The NSCDC boss warned vandals, illegal oil bunkerers and operatives of illegal private guards companies to desist from the crimes.

Gana, however, encouraged citizens to partner with the corps by giving useful information that would help in stopping the activities of criminals.

He urged the citizens to go about their legitimate activities without fear, charging parents to warn their wards to desist from involving in crimes.

Meanwhile, the NSCDC FCT Commandant, Mathias Ohiemi, in an interview with NAN, said 4,000 personnel had been deployed in the territory to ensure the safety of citizens.

According to Ohiemi, the corps will not leave any area exposed to criminals, but will ensure that lives of citizens and the country’s critical infrastructure are properly protected.

He called on Nigerians to adequately follow all laid down COVID-19 safety rules as stipulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

This, he said, would help to reduce the spread of the virus while celebrating Christmas.



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