Customs, NSCDC Emerge National Volleyball Premier League Champions

 

 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) men’s team and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) women’s have emerged winners of the 2019 National Volleyball Premier League in Abuja.

In the men’s final, Customs Service defeated the hard fighting NSCDC team 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9). They pushed to get something out of the match but their best wasn’t good enough to stop Customs from retaining their title, after winning their four previous games and leading the log with 30 points.

NSCDC finished with 24 points while Kano Pillars placed the third position with 23 points after beating Nigeria Police Force who finished fourth place with 22 points.

Nigeria Immigration Service came fifth with 19 points while UCEM of Enugu was placed sixth with just 2 points.

In the women’s category, NSCDC ensured they don’t leave empty-handed as they outclassed the Customs ladies 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) to emerge the new champions.

The NSCDC ladies confirmed their superiority with 32 points followed by Customs with 28 points. The Nigerian Army team finished third with 20 points while Immigrations followed with 10 points. Kada Emeralds ended their campaign in the fifth position with 9 points and Benue Queens ended theirs with 3 points.

Captain of the NCS team, Sunny Akapson expressed his joy for winning the championship adding that they will put up an impressive performance when they play at the continental club championship next year.

“We promised to win the title at the end of the tournaments and we have done that all thanks to the Nigeria Customs service for their support’’ he said.

“We are now going to shift all our attention to the continental club championship coming up next year and we promised to do the nation proud” he added.

The premier league which started on November 21 ended on Saturday at the indoor sports hall, package B of the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abuja

Fifteen teams (8 male, 7 female) featured in the league that took off with the first phase in Asaba and the second phase that ended in Abuja.

Some outstanding players received individual awards.

Male category

(1) Best Spiker – Osunshina Obayemo- Nigeria Police Force
(2) Best Blocker – Isaac Geoffrey- Nigeria Customs Service
(3) Best Server – Sunday Akinbo – Nigeria Security and civil defence Corps
(4) Best Defender – Samson Akinbona- Nigeria Customs Service
(5) Best Receiver – Seun Adegbite- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(6) Best setter- Emmanuel Samuel – Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(7) MVP- Dikiya Seiyefa – Nigeria Customs Service

Female category

(1) Best Spiker-Albertina Francis- Chief Of Army Staff Spikers
(2) Best Blocker – Prisca Nkemnekwu- Chief Of Army Staff Spikers
(3) Best Server – Francisca Ikhiede – Nigeria Customs Service
(4) Best Defender- Jummai Bitrus- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(5) Best Receiver- Choridu Nnachi- Chief of Army Staff Spikers
(6) Best Setter – Sharon Achi- Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(7) MVP- Ijeoma Ukpabi – Chief Of Army staff Spikers

NSCDC Officials Rescue Eight Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

 

Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kaduna State on Thursday rescued eight kidnap victims during an operation in the state capital.

The officers also arrested two of the suspected kidnappers in the process.

The State NSCDC Commandant Babangida Dutsinma while briefing journalists said the victims including two babies and five women were abducted on Monday morning.

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According to him, the kidnappers disguised as commercial taxi drivers and abducted their victims in Kawo area, along Kaduna-Zaria road.

He explained that NSCDC officials, acting on intelligence, swiftly chased the   kidnappers and were able to intercept their vehicles and successfully rescue the victims.

The commandant also disclosed that a five-man internet fraudster syndicate   that specialises in duping  members of the public especially foreigners have been arrested. Among them are two ladies, and three men.

The Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan commended the NSCDC for the arrest. He also assured that the state government will continue to support security agencies in riding the state off all forms of criminality.

NSCDC Official ‘Kills’ 100 Level Student Of Niger Delta University

 

A personnel of the Nigerian Civil Defence and Security Corps has allegedly shot and killed a 100 level student of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa State.

The deceased, a first year student from the faculty of Engineering, Petrochemical department, was reportedly shot three times.

Some witnesses say the NSCDC personnel who was in company with other police officers at a bar was trying to free his gun when about three bullets were accidentally discharged into victim’s body.

The NSCDC operative is said to have been on official escort duty to a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the area, Chief Abel Ebifemowei .

Chief Abel Ebifemowei who confirmed the development, described the incident as unfortunate and sad, he however, denied being at a drinking bar.

Ebifemowei said ‘It is a lie that I was at the Usual Bar when the incident happened and I was not with the official vehicle of Senator Lokpobiri. It is an act of mischief to include Senator Lokpobiri into the incident. The Civil Defence personnel with me was trying to free his gun when it went off. The accident was not about me or the Senator Lokpobiri campaign organisation.’

‘It is unfortunate that he did not face it up. The affected personnel was not drunk as claimed.it was just an accidental discharge which every security personnel pray not to happen to him. I was not at a bar. I was in Amassoma to observe the Local Government election ahead of the coming governorship poll.’

He also confirmed that the corpse of the deceased has been taken to Yenagoa by the Police and the NSCDC personnel in custody, ‘the security escorts have followed me for over 10-years and we have never experienced such incident. it is unfortunate”.

The victim’s remains was reportedly taken to Tantua hospital, while the security personnel was taken into custody by the Divisional Police Officer of Amassoma.

NSCDC Promises To Prevent Extra-Judicial Killings By Personnel

Jonathan Iyogho

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has promised to prevent cases of extra-judicial killings by its personnel.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Assistant Controller General of the corp, Jonathan Iyogho, said the agency plans to commence forensic and psychological profiling of its officers.

The assurance follows the recent murder of an officer of the corps by a colleague, Innocent Oshemi, who also killed an expatriate at the Lagos Deep Sea Offshore Logistics, (LADOL) in Lagos.

Oshemi, who is currently being prosecuted by the police is alleged to have on April 9 and killed his colleague, Mamman Wuyah and a Korean staff working at the fabrication and integration yard of Samsung heavy industries located in the free zone.

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“The safety and security of lives and facilities is our mandate and we will continue to discharge that mandate professionally to the benefit of all. This will not happen again as measures have been put in place to stem such incidents,” he said.

Speaking further, the NSCDC boss denied the claim of the suspected killer that the corps is owing him some allowances, stressing that that the agency has put in place measures to prevent a reoccurrence as the safety of lives and properties falls within its mandate.

Viral Video: SAN Asks NSCDC To Apologise To Judge

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Ananaba, has asked the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to apologise to a former acting Chief Judge of Kebbi State, Justice Elizabeth Karatu.

This followed a viral video showing an NSCDC official barring the judge from gaining entry into the court premises to deliver judgement.

Reacting during his appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Ananaba described the action of the security officer as unacceptable.

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He explained that Justice Karatu, by virtue of her position, was the head and wondered why she should be barred from the court premises.

“How can you lock a court premise? Is it a public holiday under the Public Holidays Act?” he asked.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Paul Ananaba.

The senior advocate added, “I thought that an agency like the Civil Defence should have come to apologise not just to the judge, much more to the judiciary and the legal profession.

“I think what has happened based on the response of the Civil Defence is not acceptable. The Chief Judge of any state or the Federation is the head of the court.”

In the video which went viral recently, the NSCDC official informed Justice Karatu and her security aide — a police officer — that he was instructed to bar her from gaining access to the courtroom.

The judge was said to be due to retire on July 5 and had gone to the court on July 4 to deliver her last judgement when the incident occurred.

She had reportedly written a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC), decrying her non-confirmation based on her religion.

But Ananaba said the issue should be taken far from the judge’s petition and the response she got.

He stressed the need for security operatives to show restraint when attempting to resolve civil issues.

“I think security agencies particularly the Civil Defence should know when to apologise when to get to where their limits are,” Ananaba said.

NSCDC Arrests Suspects Allegedly Supplying Petrol Products To Boko Haram

The suspects.

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has arrested some suspects for allegedly supplying petroleum products and hard drugs to Boko Haram terrorists.

NSCDC nabbed members of the gang said to be operating between the borders of Nigeria and the neighbouring Cameroon Republic in Adamawa State.

Corp Commander, Nurudeen Abdullahi disclosed this at a press briefing in his office in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

“We have gone to Yobe South, Mayha, Michika and Fufure to block all these routes where the diversion is taking place. The Command has already constituted a formidable patrol team in order to track down their activities and bring the perpetrators to book.

“About the vehicle carrying hard drugs, we got the person supplying hard drugs, more especially tramadol to Adamawa State. On seeing the NSCDC patrol team blocking his way, he took to his heels”, he stated.

While reiterating the commitment of his command to fight criminal elements in the state, Adbullahi warned criminals to desist from their activities.

He noted that cattle rustlers, drug peddlers, armed robbers wouldn’t be spared as the Federal Government is committed to the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.

“The people that are involved in this cattle rustling, armed robbery, drug abuse, drug dealing should stop as the government is very serious about this issue.

“Anybody that is caught is going to face the law. All the security agencies, not only Civil Defence are now armed, they are ready and are going to stop this”, he said.

The Corp Commander also appealed to the public to cooperate with security agencies by availing them with timely and useful information that will help in arresting criminals.

ICPC Arraigns NSCDC Official Over Alleged Employment Scam

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An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasiru Saleh, has been put on trial for alleged bribery and employment scam.

Mr Saleh was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) after he solicited the sum of N700,000.00 from a man with the promise to help him secure employment for his two children into NSCDC.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Spokesperson for the Commission Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa.

The Commission, in a 4-count charge brought before Honourable Justice Asmau Akanbi-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 38, sitting in Lugbe, Abuja, told the court that Mr. Saleh had solicited the sum of N700,000.00 from a man with the promise to help him secure employment for his two children into NSCDC.

ICPC also informed the court that the accused person received the sum of N400,000.00 as part payment for the total sum.

The Commission averred that Mr. Salehs action was contrary to and punishable under sections 17 (i)(a), 19 and 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and that if he is found guilty, he shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for five years without an option of fine.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him.

ICPC counsel, Agbili Ezenwa Kingsley, prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody pending the determination of the case in view of the offence and the punishment it carries.

However, counsel to the defendant, Ken Obi Duruzo, by way of a written application raised a Motion on Notice for an order of the court to grant his client bail.

In the application which was supported by a 21-paragraph affidavit, Duruzo sought the relief of the court to be liberal in determining the bail conditions.

Though the prosecution counsel was not opposed to the bail application, he urged the court to impose stringent bail conditions, saying that that would compel the defendant to attend his trial.

In a reaction, the defense counsel, relying on the provision of section 165 of ACJA, argued that bail was discretionary and that the prosecution was overstepping its boundary by praying for stringent conditions.

The trial judge in her ruling admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N2,000,000.00 and two sureties in like sum who must be residents of FCT.

The case was then adjourned to September 19th, 2019 for definite hearing.

 

Court Adjourns Trial Of Police Officers Accused Of Killing NSCDC Official

Police officers accused of killing NSCDC Official being brought to court on June 18, 2019. PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The trial of two police officers, Sunday Idoko and Katdel Dabit, who allegedly killed an official of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Ogar Jombo has stalled following an application for adjournment by the prosecutor.

The prosecutor, Mr Patrick Igele, noted that he could not proceed with the trial because he needed more time to effectively present his case.

Although lawyers to the defendants opposed the application for adjournment, the judge, Justice Muawiyah Idris adjourned the case till September 19, October 7 and 9, 2019.

Both officers were said to have beat up Jumbo to death on March 20, in the presence of his wife and children for allegedly violating traffic rules at Nyanya.

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NSCDC Arrests Six Suspects In Nasarawa Over Fake Recruitment

 

The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested six people for allegedly impersonating its commandant and duping unsuspecting victims in the guise of false recruitment.

The six-man syndicate reportedly collected millions of naira from many job seekers in the process.

Parading the suspects at the NSCDC Headquarters in Lafia, the state capital, the Commandant, Mr Mahmoud Fari, told reporters that they would soon be charged to court.

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He said, “One of them was parading himself as the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nasarawa State command.

“I don’t know when he became MA Fari and the worst part of it is that they were collecting money from individuals with the name of giving them appointments, that recruitment is ongoing in Nasarawa State”.

 

Fari explained that the suspects charged their victims according to their capacity and used some languages as their persuasion tool.

He added, “If you are well doing, they ask for N500,000,  N400,000,  N300,000; it depends on what they think they can get from you and to surprise you, they have Igbo among them.

“If you are an Igbo man, he will speak Igbo to you to convince you; if you are a Yoruba man, they will speak Yoruba. They have Fulani  and Hausa too.”

The alleged leader of the gang, Daniel Eze, told reporters that he was lured once to parade himself as the commandant by a said barrister who was said to be at large.

“Actually, I am not parading myself as any state commandant, but somebody used me to answer as a commandant of Nasarawa Civil Defence and that was once,” Eze admitted.

IGP Orders Speedy Investigation Into Death Of NSCDC Officer

IGP Orders Speedy Investigation Into Death Of NSCDC Officer

 

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Ogar Jumbo.

Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was said to have died after he was allegedly assaulted by police officers in Abuja.

In a statement on Saturday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, the IGP ordered that the investigation be conducted speedily.

He condoled with the family of the deceased, his friends and professional colleagues, as well as the Commandant General of the NSCDC.

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Mr Adamu gave assurance that the police would do everything humanly possible to ensure that justice prevailed in the case.

He also requested that the NSCDC and the family of the deceased, for the purpose of transparency, may nominate any medical doctor of their choice to witness the autopsy, at the appropriate time and venue.

According to the police boss, it is needless to state that an autopsy which is a comprehensive forensic examination on the body of a dead person will help the investigators to have a definitive understanding of the real cause of death of the deceased.

He, therefore, called for calm from the family and friends of the deceased as well as the entire public, stressing that the case would not be swept under the carpet.

NSCDC Officer Killed In Sokoto State

 

 

A 32-year-old operative of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corp, Abdulaziz Junaidu has been shot dead in Sokoto State.

According to a relative named Nasiru Junaidu, Abdulaziz was posted for a special escort of one ‘VIP’ when he was killed by an aide at the VIP’s residence.

“My brother was sent for a special escort of a VIP when an aide of the VIP aimed at him with a security man’s rifle and pulled the trigger, he died before reaching the hospital”.

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The father of the deceased Alhaji Junaidu Ahmed told channels television that his son died accidentally, also describe him as a respectful son and dedicated officer of the NSCDC.

“out of the three of them selected to escort the VIP my son was the first to arrive at the house and incidentally became the first casualty.”

Though sources say the 22-year-old suspected shooter has been arrested, the police were yet to confirm this at the time of filing this report.

Sources within the NSCDC in Sokoto state have confirmed the incidence to channels television, however, there is no official statement by the agency.

More details regarding the sad incident are expected later.

Imo NSCDC Arrests Man Accused Of Selling Infected Meat

 

Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Imo State, have arrested a 33-year old man for allegedly selling poisonous meat to the public in Owerri the capital.

The suspect, Chiwendu Iwuamadi from Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area is alleged to have been selling meat certified by veterinarians to be infected with tuberculosis and unfit for consumption.

While parading the suspect at the NSCDC command headquarters in Owerri, the state commandant, Raji Ibrahim, said Iwuamadi secretly exhumes the condemned meat after it has been buried, washes it thoroughly and sells.

The command also paraded suspected oil thieves who were carrying a trailer load of 2,000 litres of adulterated diesel, carefully concealed in polythene bags.