NSCDC Boss Disbands Anti Vandal Unit Of Rivers State Command

File photo of Ahmed Abubakar Audi.

 

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has disbanded the Anti-Vandal Unit of the NSCDC Command in Rivers State.

This action comes on the heels of what the Commandant General (CG) has termed “shocking” allegations levelled against the anti-vandal unit by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Wike in a recent statement accused the team of aiding and abetting vandals and illegal ‘bunkerers’ to carry out their nefarious activities in the state.

Worried about the disappointing development, the CG ordered the suspension of the head of the anti-vandal team and the disbandment of the unit with immediate effect.

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A communique by NSCDC spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu, explains that the suspension will remain enforced pending the outcome of an independent enquiry set up to look into the weighty allegations levelled against the unit by the governor.

The commandant, while dishing out the order, asserted that the extant rules and regulations guiding the NSCDC operations and the general ethics of the service require the complete display of total discipline, integrity, incorruptibility, transparency, and accountability on the part of every corps personnel, hence this action.

Mr Audi further directed the Acting DCG in charge of investigation and intelligence to summon all personnel involved to the National Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation to determine the level of involvement and or culpability with a view to dispensing justice appropriately.

The CG decried the allegations as not being in tandem with his vision for the corps, stressing that he will not condone any criminal act or act of compromise by any personnel.

He emphasized that a thorough investigation would be conducted to ascertain the veracity of the allegation and roles played by the individuals involved and whoever is found guilty would face necessary disciplinary actions and punishment.

He assured Governor Wike that the corps will get to the root of the matter without delay, promising more synergy with the state government towards discharging more effective service delivery to the good people of Rivers State.

Audi reiterated further that his administration has come with a renewed vigour to reposition the service in line with global best practices and will not condone any act of sabotage by any personnel no matter how highly or lowly placed.

“The swift action taken by me is to close any identified gaps in our operations and service to the nation, I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, compromise or sabotage under any guise; our founding fathers have worked so hard to earn a good name for the service as a noble organization and I will not allow a few bad eggs to spoil our name, image, our credibility, and integrity.

“We will investigate those fingered in the allegations and deal decisively with them if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others,” the CG stressed.

Mr Audi emphasized that as the lead agency in the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure, the corps management would beam more searchlight into that area by reorganizing and reconstituting the anti-vandal unit with a view to making it more responsive, transparent, and accountable to Nigerians.

“Our moral principles are not negotiable; we are going to rejig the unit and fish out those spoiling the name of the corps, my fight against vandals, illegal oil bunkerers, and those stealing our collective wealth and sabotaging our economy is unflinching and we will redouble our efforts to whittle down this act of sabotage and bring to justice anyone, not in tune with our vision and mission for the service,” he added

5,000 Out Of 1.4m Shortlisted For Recruitment Into NSCDC

NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi and Secretary of Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board briefed reporters in Abuja on January 13, 2022.
NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi and Secretary of Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board briefed reporters in Abuja on January 13, 2022.

 

The Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) has shortlisted 5,000 successful candidates for employment into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Mrs Aisha Rufai, Secretary of the board made the announcement during a press briefing on Thursday at the Civil Defence headquarters in Abuja, a statement signed by NSCDC spokesperson Olusola Odumosu said.

Mrs Rufai said that the board had approved the final phase of the 2019 recruitment exercise, thereby directed all prospective applicants to check the application portal.

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She directed screened applicants to visit; http://cdfipb.careers from January 17,2022 to check for further information as it would only be accessible by successful candidates.

The Secretary however noted that the portal wouldn’t be open to candidates who had not been successfully shortlisted.

“Applicants should check for their names, documentation location, guidelines for documentation exercise and print out their invitation slip without which they will not be allowed to participate in the exercise,” she said.

She said that the documentation exercise is to commence from Jan. 31, 2022 and is free.

NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Ahmed AbubakarAudi, who stated that the recruitment was specifically for 2019 applicants, said that after the documentation process, all successful candidates will be invited for training.

Audi said that a total of 1,477,042 applicants applied in 2019 but had to scale down to 746,762 when some applicants did not meet up with the requirements specified in the job publication.

“A total of 217,000 candidates successfully uploaded their certificates and were shortlisted for the Computer Based Assessment Test.

“Out of 113,105 candidates shortlisted, 53,116 sat for the CBT in December, 2020 across the country and 6,500 were shortlisted for further screening,” he said.

According to the CG, the recruitment exercised lingered until 2022 due to the emergence of Covid-19 and the need for proper vetting of candidates.

“Recruitment is a process and it is not easy to vet over one million (1,000,000) people as vetting is very fundamental to the process and takes a longer time.

“The vetting was environmental, institutional, and family-based,” he said.

Drug War: NDLEA, NSCDC Renew Partnership As Audi Visits Marwa

The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi (right), during a visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have agreed to strengthen existing partnerships and synergies between the two agencies in various areas of operations especially in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

According to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the commitment was the highpoint of a courtesy visit by the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) at the anti-drug agency’s national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

In his remarks, the NSCDC boss said he was on the visit to tap from the knowledge and experience of Gen. Marwa in transforming NDLEA within a short time; seek for synergy and collaboration between the two agencies, while noting that he has continued to follow Marwa’s antecedents and achievements in public service since he was a student.

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The NSCDC believes synergy with the NDLEA will help in combating crime in Nigeria.

 

In his response, the NDLEA Chief Executive commended the NSCDC boss for bringing to bear his experience and intellectual capacity on the work of the Corps.

He said his achievements in the past year in NDLEA were due largely to the grace of God as well as the commitment of officers and men of the agency.

“We’ll like to bring the problem of drug abuse under control as quickly as possible because of its effects on public health and national security,” he said.

“As such, well like to call for a renewed partnership with the Civil Defence so that together we can bring criminalities under control in communities and the country at large. With your visible physical presence in the grassroots, we’ll work with you in our drug demand and drug supply control efforts.”

Earlier, the leadership of Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative led by Ambassador Sadiq Badamasi Ibrahim also visited Gen. Marwa during which they sought partnership with NDLEA on their mission to take anti-drug advocacy campaigns across the country.

The global body also conferred on Marwa the 2021 Man of the Year award among other recognitions.

20-Year-Old Suspect Arrested With Cannabis In Yobe

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

A 20-year-old suspect, Yayale Mohammed, has been arrested with 35 kilogramme of Cannabis Sativa also known as Indian hemp in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The suspect was nabbed on December 29, 2021 by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Speaking in Yobe on Wednesday, the NSCDC Commandant, Useni David-Navokhi, said the suspect was nabbed following a sustained intelligence gathering conducted by the agency.

He noted that Fika local government, where the 20-year-old was apprehended, is one of the local governments with the highest crime rate in the state.

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On his part, NDLEA Commander in the state, Yahaya Aliyu, who received the suspect in Damaturu, said he would be prosecuted after thorough investigations are made.

But addressing journalists, the suspect revealed he started the business in 2019.

“I started the business in 2019. I buy at the cost of N6,000 per pack and sell at N7,000.  We have customers that come around our community to buy,” Mohammed said.

“I regret my actions and urge all those who are into the business to stop, or else they would one day be caught.”

In a similar development, the NSCDC also arrested a 75-year-old Bala Yahaya and Mari Modu, a 23-year-old suspect at Geidam town for involvement in land fraud and production of fake naira and dollar currencies.

Yahaya revealed he started the business at the age of 25 years. He was found with some quantity of mercury, sand, white yard cloth supposedly used in the doubling and production of the fake money.

Court Orders NSCDC Commandant To Forfeit 60 Buildings, Land To FG

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the final forfeiture of 60 buildings illegally acquired by a former Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Adenike Ishola Bintu, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

This is according to a statement on Friday by the spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs. Azuka Ogugua.

The ICPC in a forfeiture proceeding had approached Justice O. A. Egwuata, praying for an order for the final forfeiture of the 60 buildings and a 9.6-hectare plot of land, both located at Sabon-Lugbe South-West Extension, Airport Road, Abuja, alleged to have been acquired by Bintu through corrupt means.

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Counsel to ICPC, John-Paul Okwor, told the court that the Commission was relying on Section 48 (1) (2) and (3) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, which gives it power to approach the courts to forfeit properties corruptly acquired by individuals.

The Commission had argued before the court that the former NSCDC Deputy Commandant, set up a private company, Faith Winners Victory Properties Limited, through which she allegedly perpetrated the fraud by selling plots of land to unsuspecting members of the public.

The court heard that Bintu claimed that the land, which she used to dupe over 1000 people that subscribed into the estate business, was owned in partnership with NSCDC.

However, the subscribers, who had made several payments running into millions of naira, were never allocated plots of land nor had their funds returned to them by Bintu and her company.

Furthermore, ICPC proved before the court that Bintu, who had jumped bail and is now a fugitive, did not enter into any partnership with NSCDC to build estates for members of the public.

She told the court in her argument that ICPC had no powers to prosecute civil cases and that Sections 6 and 48 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, relied upon by the Commission have been repealed by the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003. Therefore, the case should be struck out, she prayed.

Her arguments were dismissed by the court for lack of merit, and Justice Egwuata then ruled that all the 60 buildings and the 9.6 hectares of land situated at Sabon-Lugbe South-West Extension, Airport Road, Abuja, listed by ICPC be forfeited to the federal government.

Four Suspected Bandits Arrested In Sokoto

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

Four suspected bandits have been arrested in Sokoto State, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said on Wednesday.

The suspected are said to be members of a notorious bandits group operating within Sokoto and Zamfara states.

They were paraded for their alleged involvement in high-profile kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling, and murder within communities in the two north-western states.

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NSCDC Commandant in Sokoto State, Mohammed Saleh-Dada, said some of the paraded suspects are also informants to bandits in some of the high-profile attacks carried out in the region.

He said a high-profile personality within the Dange/Shuni Local Government Area of Sokoto State has been invited for his connection with one of the suspects

Also paraded is a suspect who allegedly sodomised over 12 Almajiri children in Sokoto State.

Four Dead, 19 Injured In Ondo Boat Accidents

A map of Ondo, a state in southwest Nigeria.

 

Four persons have lost their lives while 19 others sustained injuries in boat accidents at different locations in Ilaje and Irele Local Government Areas of the Ondo State.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Olufemi Omole, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, in Akure, the state capital.

According to the statement, the State Commandant of the Corps, Hameed Abodunrin, lamented that the victims died in the mishaps due to their failure to put on their life jackets.

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“A boat mishap at Ilaje Local Government Area claimed the life of one passenger leaving 15 others wounded as a result of over-speeding and refusal to use life jackets,” he said.

In another incident, in Irele local government, a small boat collided with a bigger wooden boat on the high sea in the night, leading to the death of a passenger while four others were terribly injured.

Abodunrin warned that henceforth, the command’s Marine Special Force would be on patrol to arrest boat passengers who refuse to use the life jackets.

NSCDC Arrests Suspected Vandals, Seizes 36 Kegs Of Petrol in Lagos

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol in Lagos State.

NSCDC spokesman in the state, Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, disclosed the arrest via a statement obtained by Channels Television on Friday.

He said the Divisional Officer of Badagry, Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, led the operation, adding that the suspected vandals took to their heels on sighting the security operatives when they were about perfecting their act.

“The gallant marine and anti-vandal team, who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division, discovered some thick nylons (white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering four eight (48) in quantity and another thirty six 30 litre kegs loaded with (PMS), which the vandals intended to cart away around Mangoro creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin,” the statement read.

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“The Commandant has immediately ordered the anti-vandal unit of the command to evacuate the suspected products back to the Lagos State Command, Head Quarters, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, in a bid, to carry out further investigation.”

To avoid further destruction of pipelines in the state, the Lagos NSCDC Commandant, Eweka Okoro directed that the security of lives and properties and the protection of oil pipelines in the Badagry Division and other oil pipeline areas be beefed up immediately.

Okoro said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) office in the state has also been contacted for proper evacuation of the products due to its highly inflammable nature.

The NSCDC boss also reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities.

He assured Lagos residents of his unflinching commitment and dedication towards sustaining the already established peace and security in the state.

According to him, promised the NSCDC will continue to work assiduously and laboriously, with the government and other security agencies and stakeholders to tackle insecurity.

NSCDC Intercepts Tanker Loaded With Illicit Petrol In Kwara

 

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has intercepted a tanker loaded with petrol illegally drawn from the NNPC pipeline at Laduba Village in Asa Local Government Area of the state.

Men of the NSCDC were on patrol on Friday when they ran into the tanker drivers perpetrating the illegal act.

According to the state NSCDC Commandant, Iskil Makinde, the men equally wanted to vandalise the pipeline before they were intercepted.

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The drivers were said to have attempted to run away with the tanker but the vehicle tumbled in the process, after which the drivers took to their heels.

Makinde warned vandals to stop their acts, stressing that the command is prepared to go any length to protect critical national assets.

NSCDC Arrests Motorcyclist Over Attempted Kidnap Of Students In Katsina

Katsina State is in northwest Nigeria.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 35-year-old commercial motorcyclist in connection with an alleged attempt to kidnap two pupils in Katsina State.

The suspect identified as Abdurrashid Mohammed of Unwalar Jangefe quarters in the state capital was arrested on Thursday and handed over to the operatives of the Katsina Command of the NSCDC.

In a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina, the NSCDC Spokesman, DSC Mohammed Abdara explained that the suspect was arrested by an officer who was on official assignment at the Katsina Family Support Program Primary and Secondary School while trying to pick up the two pupils from the school.

Unfortunately, the suspect was intercepted by the father of the two pupils and reported to the command through the officer that was stationed at the school.

Abdara asked parents and schools managements to always remain vigilant especially with the recent security challenges facing the state, advising that school entrance points should always remain shut to avoid contact with criminal elements.

Parents and caregivers were also advised to make sure that they pick their wards themselves or assign trustworthy persons to pick them up after closing.

“Some schools even use identity cards meant to identify who will be coming to claim or pick up the children,” DSC Abdara also suggested.

Meanwhile, the suspect, Abdurrashid Mohammed, in an interview admitted that he was sent by someone to pick the children.

Suspected Vandals Flee As Security Operatives Intercept Four Petrol Tankers In Lagos

NSCDC Commandant in Lagos, Okoro Eweka briefs journalists on the arrest of some suspected vandals in the state on August 20, 2021.

 

Security operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Navy have intercepted four petrol trucks in Baruwa, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The suspected vandals were caught in the act in the wee hours of Friday. They loaded one of the four trucks with products and escaped from the scene.

While confirming the development during a press conference on Friday, NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Okoro Eweka warned vandals to stay clear as the corps has been repositioned for better performance to protect government physical infrastructures.

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“These vehicles are purported vandalised vehicles used to vandalise the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) trucks on the right of way. They were caught at exactly 2:00 am this morning by our eagle-eyed officers in conjunction with the Navy,” he said.

“They were caught in the act of vandalisation. One of the trucks is fully loaded, the other three are empty. Upon sighting our men, they all ran away and escaped.”

When asked what Nigerians should expect of the intercepted trucks, the NSCDC commandant said the service would ensure that the fleeing suspects were apprehended and prosecuted.

Eweka reiterated the commitment of the NSCDC in fighting insecurity, noting that its Commandant-General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi is determined to protect all critical government infrastructures.

Akwa Ibom Wedding Disrupted As Stray Bullet Hits 15-Year-Old Girl

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A map of Akwa Ibom, a state in south-south Nigeria.

 

 

A marriage ceremony in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State ended in disarray on Saturday after a 15-year-old guest was hit by a stray bullet.

The incident followed an accidental discharge by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) drafted to provide security at the event.

The victim, Veronica Kufre, is receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of a private clinic in the capital of the oil-rich state after three hospitals had refused to admit her.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at Nsukara community, near the University of Uyo main campus during the rush for drinks and food at the ceremony.

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“Trouble started when the two security officers had joined other guests to help themselves with food. Unfortunately, the firearm was still in his hands when the sudden discharge occurred and sent the couple and other guests scampering for safety,” an anonymous source narrated to Channels Television on Sunday.

“But one of them was quick to redirect the nozzle of the gun to the ground and pumped the rest of the bullets in. However, the fragments had already hit the victim who was close to the security official.

“At first, we thought it was the usual gunshots that security officials would fire during burial, wedding, and other ceremonies to keep the place lively. But when the young girl collapsed to the ground with blood spill, we discovered the devil was at work to kill our joy,” he added.

An NSCDC spokesman in the state, Ukeme Umanah told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that information regarding the incident was still sketchy.

He, however, said that the State Commandant of the Corps, Abidemi Majekondunmi, had immediately activated the system structures to verify what happened, noting that the victim is in a very stable condition.

He assured that the NSCDC will release an official statement on the issue as soon as the investigation is completed.