Statements, Activities and Achievements of NSCDC

NSCDC personnel to bear arms, authorized by President Jonathan

Dr ADE ABOLURIN Commandant-General, NSCDC

On 2 August, Interior Minister Comrade Abba Moro disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan had given approval to officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to bear arms.

The minister announced the president’s approval during his maiden visit to the NSCDC headquarters in Abuja, following his appointment last month. He said the approval was in recognition of the risks and dangers which Corps personnel are exposed to, in performing their duties; but he did not say exactly when the authorization would take effect.

In his speech, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ade Abolurin, said the Corps was already training some of its officers on weapons handling. He said a first batch of 500 personnel of the Corps, who will form the nucleus of the Civil Defense Armed Squad, are already undergoing three-month intensive training in arms and weapon handling at the Prison Armed Squad College, Owerri, Imo State.

The NSCDC boss said another 200 senior officers and 400 junior officers (including drivers and orderlies) had also commenced a light arms (pistol) handling course at the Prison Staff College and Training School, Kaduna.


Gunmen shoot NSCDC officer, JTF discovers live bomb, in Maiduguri, Borno State

On 20 June, unknown gunmen shot an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Usman Baba Abba, at Lawan Bukar Ward in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Sources said the gunmen came on motorcycles into the narrow street where the officer’s house is located, at about 7.30pm. They said one of the gunmen called Abba out from his residence in a manner probably suggesting an invitation for a friendly chat. But the gunmen seem to have taken position outside, waiting for him. Once he stepped outside, they opened fire. Their gunshots sent people on the street running for safety, while the attackers disappeared into the night.

Abba was seriously wounded, but was still alive as his father and others rushed him to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH). However, later reports said he died shortly after getting to the hospital.

Local sources also report that soon after the incident, members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) arrived the area and, in the process of searching for exhibits, they discovered a live bomb that had been apparently planted close to a residential building in the area, by unknown persons.

NSCDC alerts the public on fake recruitment in Ogun State

On 28 March, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) alerted the public of a fake recruitment exercise that is going on in Ogun State.

Addressing victims of the scam who stormed the NSCDC headquarters in the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta, the Corps Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olanrewaju Kareem, explained that some unscrupulous persons had created a fake NSCDC website, and were asking interested job seekers to pay a certain amount of money into a designated bank.

Kareem said: “Following the discovery of this fake internet recruitment exercise, the Ogun State Command wishes to inform the general public that the Corps is not advertising any vacancy, neither is it recruiting at the moment”.

The NSCDC officer drew attention to the fact that previous recruitments by the Corps never required applicants to pay any fee. He added that any recruitment exercise into the NSCDC would be adequately publicized by the Corps. 

Kareem said the NSCDC was working to apprehend those behind the recruitment scam. He appealed on anyone with useful information to call 0803 940 7131.

Civil Defence not conducting recruitment, alerts public of fraudsers, fake website

On 15 March, the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ade Abolurin stated that the Corps was not conducting any recruitment exercise and called on the general public to be wary of swindlers. This clarification became necessary, in view of reports that some individuals, masquerading as agents and consultants, have been collecting huge sums of money from desperate applicants, under the pretext that the Corps is discretely conducting a recruitment exercise.

In a statement issued by the NSCDC’s Public Relations Officer, CSC Emmanuel Okeh, the Commandant General made it clear that the Corps had not been given any approval to recruit by the Federal Government and that it could not embark on any recruitment exercise without going through due process.

The statement reads: “The attention of the management has also been drawn to the fake website opened by the fraudsters in the name of NSCDC for the purpose of recruitment and urging applicants logged in and fill the recruitment form.

“The Corps as part of its recruitment prerequisite has never placed emphasis on the sale of forms, nor application through the Internet and the likes. Rather, in its modest way, applicants are enjoined to follow the detailed requirements and advertisements in the dailies by submitting a handwritten application to the nearest local government formation”.

“On this premise, the Corps wishes to state empathetically, that any ambitious and overzealous applicant, who pays money for form, scratch card for Internet or otherwise to any person or group of persons, does it at their own risk as the Corps is not going to be held liable for any act of stupidity”.

“It is an offence to give and to take; therefore, anyone caught, both parties shall be treated in accordance with the ICPC and EFCC law guiding 419, corruption and other related offences. The public is, therefore, advised to report accordingly any person indulging or found in such act, as either agent or racketeer so as not to fall victim of circumstances”.

April Polls: NSCDC deploying 3,550 officers and men to Plateau State

Dr ADE ABOLURIN, Commandant General, NSCDC

On 15 March, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Plateau State, Mr Desmond C. Agu announced that the Corps would be deploying 3,550 of its men to various parts of the State during the general elections in April. He said his men have concluded their in-house training in readiness for the exercise, and that they would be deployed across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Speaking in Jos, Agu appealed to all stakeholders to assist security agencies in the state by conducting themselves responsibly, in order to ensure free, fair and hitch-free elections.

He appealed to all “candidates, politicians and the electorate to assist security agencies in Plateau State by conducting themselves well during the exercise”. He urged politicians, in particular, to embrace peace and address any grievances through legal means.

He added that the Corps would work with the police and other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free exercise, warning that “security agents will not take it lightly with anyone who foments trouble before, during and after the elections”.

The commandant also warned his men not to allow themselves to be used by politicians, as anyone caught in partisan activities would be dealt with.

Abolurin, NSCDC boss, calls for more research on conflicts and insecurity in Nigeria

Dr ADE ABOLURIN, Commandant-General, NSCDC

On 3 February, the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin, called for more research on the current conflicts and crisis points in Nigeria, such as the ethno-religious conflict in Jos and the Boko Haram crisis in Borno and other north eastern states. Such research, he said, should lead to realistic policy recommendations that would further assist security agencies in the management of security in the country.

Abolurin made the call during the public presentation of a record five books, authored by him, at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He said there was an urgent need for ideas and strategies that would help in eradicating the various manifestations of violence and insecurity, including bomb blasts, kidnappings, ritual killings and a host of other vices that now constitute serious security challenges in the country. He said the outcomes of such research would also go a long way in enabling Nigerians to understand one another.

The Commandant-General said: “Without prejudice to the outcome of such studies, I will like to urge us to let there be peace and tranquillity in Nigeria. Let us support the President and give peace a chance towards the development and growth of our nation”.

He said that the proceeds from the presentation would be used for the promotion and expansion of security studies at the university.

In Ondo State, NDLEA seizes marijuana worth N3bn in eight months

On 26 January, the Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reported that it seized 32.9 tonnes of marijuana valued at N3 billion (about 20 million USD) over the eight months from April to December 2010.

Addressing a news conference in the state capital, Akure, the state commandant of the agency, Mr. Walter Nicholas, disclosed that since he assumed office in April 2010, the state command had also destroyed 357 hectares of Indian hemp plantations. He said at least 18 people had been charged to court over drug-related offences and convicted by the courts. He however regretted that two of his officers were killed by Indian hemp growers who had formed a powerful cabal in the state in the out-gone year.

Nicholas acknowledged that the war against illicit drugs in the state had been waged in collaboration with the Police, State Security Service (SSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). He however urged the people to give the Command necessary support to ensure that it succeeds in the fight against drug trafficking.

Two Civil Defence officers choked to death by generator fumes in Adamawa State

On 19 January, two officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCDSC) in Adamawa State, were found dead in their guest room in Bille village of Demsa Local Government Area, where they had gone on a special assignment. The two men were found dead after neighbours had noticed there were no movements in or out of the room in which they slept the previous day, while an electricity generating switched on the day before, had kept running all the while.

According to local sources, the tragedy was apparently caused by fumes from the generating set, which was being used to charge computer batteries for the ongoing voters’ registration exercise. The Deputy Commandant of the NSCDC in the State, Mr Adekunte Paul, described the incident as a great shock, but ruled out any foul play, saying the men must have been suffocated by the fumes.

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