The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 20,000 personnel to neutralize the activities of criminals during the Eid-al-Fitr celebration and beyond.
The NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi disclosed to Journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital that an order has been given to all State Commandants and Zonal Commanders to put to effective use all personnel during the period to curtail their excesses.
He reiterated that “The Corps is going to join forces with other security agencies in the country to ensure hitch-free workers day and Eid al-fitr celebration by declaring total war on all criminal elements bent on circumventing the peace and safety of the country.”
The Commandant General affirmed that all hands must be on deck and called for the deployment of well-trained officers from the Tactical Unit, Arm Squad, Rapid Response Squad, Agro Rangers, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive Unit (CBRNE), Special Female Squad, Anti Vandal Unit and the K9 unit to man all identified flash points, recreation centres, places of worship, motor Parks and train stations to prevent any act of sabotage or attack on innocent citizens and holiday makers.
According to him, “All locations hosting the critical assets and infrastructures across the country will be heavily guarded by the Corps to prevent attacks and stop a reoccurrence of fire incident which led to the death of over 100 hundred people in an oil bunkering site in Imo State.”
Audi, therefore, called for synergy and collaborations among relevant agencies to achieve a common goal of securing the nation effectively.
“For an effective security coverage during the long holiday leading to the Eid al-fitr celebration, there is a need for effective collaborations amongst security agencies to stem the tide of criminalities, therefore all my personnel have been warned to avoid any confrontation with any sister agency; the only confrontation I have permitted for them is against criminals, bandits and men of the underworld.“