Sallah Celebration: NSCDC Deploys 30,000 Operatives To Beef Up Security

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

Ahead of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi, PhD, mni, has ordered the deployment of over 30,000 officers and men to beef up security across the nation.

Speaking at the Corps National Headquarters, the CG charged all Heads of Directorates, Departments, Zonal Commanders, State Commandants, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to deploy massively across board in order to ensure a hitch free celebration.

“We have geared efforts towards keeping our people safe and critical infrastructure protected during and after the sallah celebration”.

“The recent spate of attacks and threats to life and property in the country call for more proactive engagements, rather than reactive actions”.

“We need to identify and address areas of concern to our collective safety by deploying personnel adequately to protect soft targets”.

“Nigerians deserve a safe and peaceful environment and we must not allow bandits and terrorists to hold us to ransom now or anytime during festivity”.

“I have ordered the deployment of over 30,000 personnel across all our formations for effective deployment to all nooks and crannies to address all forms of threats to national security”, CG assured.

The Corps helmsman maintained that adequate security will be put in place to safeguard praying grounds, recreation centers, markets, shopping malls, motor parks and all critical national assets and infrastructure.

He charged those in riverine areas to deploy necessary equipment like boats for periodic patrol of the nation’s waterways to beef up security and forestall illegal activities of vandals and bunkerers.

Also to be on the watch list of the corps are suspected black spots and other vulnerable areas to prevent destruction of both human and material resources.

“We are now experiencing assymetric conflict which requires new strategy, vigilance and effective action; the Corps will not rest on its oars to ensure that crime is nipped in the bud and perpetrators are brought to justice”.

“I therefore, urge the good people of Nigeria to go about their legitimate businesses without fear, as our deployment will ensure safety and orderliness during the festivities” Dr Audi reiterated.

Mobilisation of personnel for the Sallah operation will be drawn from Anti-vandal unit, Special Female Squad (SFS), Rapid Response Squad, SWAT, Special Forces, CG’s Special Intelligence Squad, CG’s Anti-vandal Monitoring Squad, CBRNE, K9 Unit and the intelligence and surveillance team to ensure covert and overt security operation before, during and after the celebration.

He called on members of the public to assist NSCDC and other security agencies with useful Information about suspicious persons or acts that could threaten the peace and stability of the country.

He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslim faithful across the country on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration and charged Nigerians to seize the occasion to pray for the unity and progress of Nigeria.

We Rely On You To Rescue Zamfara, Matawalle Tells NSCDC Officers

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, briefs State House correspondents in Abuja on January 17, 2022.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, says his administration relies on security agencies, including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to rid the state of banditry and other criminal activities.

Speaking at the Passing Out Parade Ceremony of the 119 NSCDC 2019 Regular Intake in Gusau, the governor assured Zamfara residents of his continuous support to all the security agencies.

Matawalle, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Mamman Tsafe, insisted that with the frequent recruitment of security operatives, his administration will continue taking formidable measures to ensure Zamfara is only a paradise for legitimate living.

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He asked NSCDC officials to exhibit a high sense of professionalism and to contribute toward the total eradication of banditry in Zamfara State.

The Zamfara governor also challenged them to revisit their commitments to the service of the country.

“I challenge you that by the time you leave this parade ground, you will revisit your commitments for the service of your fatherland, in fact, we rely on you to salvage the nation and to salvage Zamfara State,” he stated.

“As your name Civil Defence Corps denotes, you have a lot of responsibilities in the performance of these duties within the neighborhood in which you will subsequently be posted.”

In his remarks, the Zamfara State Commandant of the NSCDC, Akushie Sparks, called on the other security agencies to maintain the prevailing confidence-building synergy to bring the security situation to the barest minimum in the state.

Sparks, however, warned his personnel against unethical conduct which is capable of ruining the excellent achievements of the corps in the State.

He said, “You are enjoined to maintain a high level of discipline, good working ethics and a good ambassador of the Corps in the society.”

NSCDC Arrests Two Suspected Human Traffickers, Rescues Four Teenagers

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two suspected human traffickers in Imo State while rescuing four teenage victims.

The suspects – Gift Rita and Joy Samuel – are said to specialise in trafficking teenage girls from Port Harcourt to Ilorin for prostitution.

While parading the suspects on Thursday, NSCDC Commandant in the state, Iskil Makinde, described the development as unfortunate.

He said the suspects, under false claim, brought four teenage victims – aged 14, 15, 16, and 17 –  respectively into the state to work in a hotel to raise money for their upkeep.

The Commandant commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffick in Persons (NAPTIP) for the collaboration that led to the arrest and said the suspects were nabbed following intelligence and surveillance.

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Makinde accused the suspects of luring the victims with a lucrative job in a hotel in Lagos, only to transfer them to Kwara as sex workers.

“She lied to them that they are going to Lagos for hotel work but unfortunately, all the underage girls were trafficked down to Kwara State,” he said.

“It is an unfortunate thing. Based on intelligent information, we were able to arrest them in conjunction with NAPTIP Commander.”

On the consequences of their action, the NSCDC boss said Nigerian laws forbid indulging underage girls in sex work.

He vowed to prosecute the suspects, stating that they have since admitted to trafficking the teenagers for prostitution.

In his remarks, NAPTIP Commander, Saadu Mustapha, promised that the agency would rehabilitate the victims and reunite them with their families.

He also pledged that the suspect would be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, depending on the level of involvement.

This is even as he appealed to parents and guardians to take good care of their female wards, adding that the victims will be profiled and their families will be contacted after necessary procedures.

Man Abducts Neighbour’s Daughter, Buries Body In Kitchen Despite Ransom

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

 

Security operatives have arrested one Kabiru Abdullahi accused of kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl in Bauchi State.

A spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) authorities in Bauchi, Garkuwa Adamu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that Abdullahi, 52, was arrested alongside 45-year-old Alhaji Yawale following a report received by the command on April 23 on the abduction of Khadija – the daughter of the former’s neighbour – Abdullahi Yusuf – at Sabon Gari Narabi in Toro Local Government Area of the state.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the prime suspect Kabiru Abdullahi kidnapped Khadija in front of her house, took her to a nearby bridge, strangled her and put her in a sack,” Adamu narrated.

“He contacted the father of the victim Abdullahi Yusuf and demanded a ransom. After a series of negotiations, it was agreed that the sum of N150,000 be paid for her release.”

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According to the NSCDC official, Yawale collected the sum of N150,000 under a tamarind tree at a nearby bush in Narabi village.

He added that the security operatives, during the arrest, recovered a cash sum of N42,000, fake $200, charms, and different car keys among other exhibits from the suspects.

“Further investigation revealed that Khadija was killed on April 27, 2022, and buried inside the kitchen of the prime suspect.

“A team of investigators went and dug the sack from the ground and took the body to the General Hospital, Toro, where she was certified dead by a medical doctor,” Adamu said.

In another development, he said a suspected case of robbery along Diriko village was reported to the command on April 30.

Operatives of the command, Adamu stated, were mobilised to the scene where they arrested two suspects – Isiya Lawal and Musa Ado.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, Hamisu Halidu, ‘m’ 18yrs of Tilden Fulani took the suspects on his Bajaj boxer motorcycle to Dinya village and on their way, the suspects attacked the victim with stick and knife with the intention of killing him and to cart away his motorcycle.

“As they were dragging, a good Samaritan came to assist the victim and, in the process, the NSCDC team arrived and arrested the suspects,” he said.

NSCDC Arrests Eight-Man Syndicate Involved In Illegal Bunkering

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested an eight-man syndicate that is involved in the illegal bunkering in Ondo State.

The suspects are involved in the illegal bunkering of petroleum products in the Olowo community, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Briefing newsmen while parading the suspects at the headquarters of the corps in Akure, the state capital, the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Daniel Aidamenbor pointed out that the suspects also engaged in vandalisation of petroleum pipelines, dealing in illegal adulterated petroleum products as well as operating illegal dump storage facilities.

He noted that the squad acted on a credible intelligence swooped on the suspects and apprehended them while loading the product.

According to him, a black Toyota Sequoia SUV with registration number Lagos app 134 dx loaded with 70 kegs of 25 litres of adulterated automotive gas oil (AGO) coming from the dumpsite was impounded by officers.

Also, 28 twenty five litre jerrycans suspected to be filled with adulterated ago, six pumping machines and one counting machine were recovered from the dumpsite.

Other exhibits recovered from the dumpsite are 19 jerrycans 25 litres each od adulterated ago, five drums of 200 litres of suspected ago, three drums of 200 litres capacity that is half-filled and twelve drums of 200 litres capacity that are about a quarter filled.

Two storage tanks with 3500 litres of adulterated ago each, an underground storage tank with four compartments: one empty, while the rest three contain 20,800 litres of AGO.

Aidamenbor added that the dumpsite has since been sealed and secured, adding that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations into the crime are concluded.

The suspects confessed to committing the crime, claiming to be ignorant and pleading for forgiveness.

NSCDC Recovers Over 100,000 Litres of Illegally Refined Diesel, Arrests 14 Suspects In Rivers

 

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has recovered over 100,000 litres of illegally refined diesel in Rivers State.

Spokesperson of the command, Olufemi Ayodele, stated this on Tuesday while parading 14 suspects, in connection to the crime all between the ages of 31 and 49.

While displaying the impounded vehicles and products at the Corps Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Ayodele vowed to intensify the fight against the illegal refining of crude oil in the state, despite the seeming resistance by the perpetrators of the crime.

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Addressing journalists, he said operatives of the command deployed to parts of the state intercepted and recovered (103,800) litres of diesel suspected to be illegally refined and being transported in small vehicles and trucks to different locations within and outside Rivers State, in the period under review.

The products displayed were concealed in plastic bags, a common tactic by the criminals to beat security checks.

Speaking further, Ayodele explained that the 14 suspects were arrested for either transporting the products on land and on waterways, or being in possession of aluminum materials used in the fabrication of Illegal refineries.

According to him, they were arrested in Obio/Akpor, Ahoada East, Ikwerre, Degema and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.

He said two wooden boats, four trucks, and four cars were also impounded in the operation, adding that the suspects will be prosecuted according to the law.

NSCDC Investigates Rivers Fire Outbreak, Vows To Tackle Illegal Oil Bunkering

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has vowed to tackle illegal bunkering in Rivers State following a fire incident that destroyed several exhibits in a dump in the state.

The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi, stated this during an inspection of the ruined site along the Port Harcourt – Aba Expressway in Iriebe community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

The dump is jointly used by the NSCDC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to keep confiscated items, like cars, tankers, boats, and petroleum products seized, especially from suspected oil thieves and illegal crude oil refiners.

A picture combination of the Commandant General of the NSCDC and the dumpsite

 

Some of the damaged trucks and burnt products are exhibited in the ongoing prosecution of cases by the EFCC.

The NSCDC Commandant noted that “a high powered committee has been commissioned to conduct an investigation”.

NSCDC Arrests Suspected Power Cable Vandals, Fake Currency Producers In Zamfara

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Zamfara State have arrested three suspected vandals of armoured cables.

The suspects were alleged to have vandalised the armoured cables worth N205,000 in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

The NSCDC Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, Ikor Oche, paraded the suspects on behalf of the state commandant, Akushie Sparks, on Friday at the command headquarters in Gusau.

He said the suspects have severally tampered with installations belonging to Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, thereby depriving residents of Maru LGA adequate supply of power.

As such, Oche vowed that the corps would not relent in hunting down people who were hell-bent on truncating and sabotaging the efforts of the government.

The suspects identified as Jamilu Mohammed and Shehu Bashar who are both 18, as well as 22-year-old Bashir Samaila all confessed to the crime.

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‘Get Rich Quickly’

Similarly, the NSCDC paraded two suspects arrested by operatives for producing fake currency in the Gusau metropolis.

According to Oche, one Summaya Bara, 35, conspired with one Mukhtar Musa, 52, to make fake currency for her.

Bara was said to have given Mukhtar the sum of N500,000 to duplicate N3 million using voodoo, but the duplication failed, and the money given could not be recovered by the former.

The duo confessed to the crime of money doubling while Mukhtar said he had been engaging in such an act since 1999.

Oche revealed that the NSCDC operatives recovered some spiritual perfumes, two white plane cloths, and four papers inform of booklets with Arabic inscriptions from Mukhtar.

He said the five suspects would be charged to court accordingly after the conclusion of the investigations into the crimes they were accused of.

The command’s spokesman warned residents of the state to desist from the ‘get rich quickly’ syndrome which he said has beclouded the society.

NSCDC Parades Cable Vandals, Other Criminal Suspects In Zamfara

The suspected electricity cable vandals during the parade by NSCDC in Zamfara on Sunday,

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Zamfara State Command has arrested and paraded 18 suspects for various degrees of crimes.

The Command Public Relations Officer, Ikor Oche while parading the suspects on Sunday said that in line with the commitment of the Corps to rid Zamfara State of all forms of criminalities, groups of criminal gangs with different criminal offences have been apprehended by the men of the Corps and ready for prosecution.

He said three suspects were arrested from Kara village of Wanke District Gusau local Government Area for criminal conspiracy, tampering with electric wires and theft.

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Oche also said that some group of syndicates belonging to a gang of thieves were arrested while attempting to pilfer from innocent citizens.

Other suspects paraded by the NSCDC in Zamfara on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

 

“These criminals took a paid bus from Zaria, Kaduna State to Zamfara State just to commit mischief at the Maulid Ground. They were arrested and brought to the Command for investigations,” he said while parading them.

Furthermore, the NSCDC spokesperson said four other suspects who specialise in pickpocketing and stealing mobile phones were apprehended at the Maulud ceremony ground. He said some exhibits of stolen phones were found at their disposal.

“These criminal gangs are also from Zaria city who have come to Gusau to dispose innocent participants at the Maulid of their belongings,” Oche added.

Five suspects were also arrested at Birnin Ruwa Area of Tsafe Local Government Area on the 4th March 2022.

The State Civil Defence said that these suspects will be charged to court when investigations are concluded.

NSCDC Rescues Abandoned Newborn Baby In Zamfara

A photo showing the map of Zamfara, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Zamfara State Command has rescued an abandoned newborn baby.

This was disclosed in a statement by the CDPRO Zamfara State Command, DSC Ikor Oche.

According to the statement, the baby boy was discovered in a waste bin around Unguwar Yarima Gusau, by good-spirited Nigerians.

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Thereafter, the attention of the Corps was immediately drawn and the medical team of the Corps and the intelligent Departments swung into action.

At the time of recuse, the baby had no clothes on but was immediately clothed by the state Commandant of the Corps, Commandant A A Sparks.

Commandant Sparks ensured that all that the child needed before a proper handover to the orphanage home was provided.

The baby was officially handed over to the Gusau Local Government sole administrator and thereafter, taken to the orphanage home under the monitor and supervision of the corps.

Navy Intercepts Illegal Fuel Along Bakassi, Hands Over To NSCDC

Screengrab from a video showing the drums of fuel during the handover event to the NSCDC.

 

The Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar, the Cross River State capital has intercepted a boat laden with several drums of illegally refined petroleum product.

The products were intercepted along Ikang waterways in Bakassi Local Government Area when the suspects planned to smuggle the products to neigbouring Cameroon.

The base operations officer, Clement Ayogu, while handing over the products to officials of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday said the products were intercepted during a patrol by the Nigerian Navy ship.

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He said the smugglers escaped upon the sight of the patrol team, leaving their product behind.

 

Screengrab from a video showing the drums of fuel during the handover event to the NSCDC at the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar on March 1, 2022.

 

“The suspects were arrested last week, around Ikang community. After further investigations, it was gathered that these seizures were of the attempt of being smuggled out of this country,” he said.

Ayogu added that the products are handed over to the NSCDC for further investigations and possible prosecution.

He, however, did not disclose the quantity of the products.

Spokesperson of the NSCDC in Cross River State, Solomon Eremi appreciated the Nigerian Navy for their cooperation and synergy in combating economic sabotage.

The team called on residents to be brave in providing useful information to help in curbing illegal activities across the maritime environment.

Scarcity: NSCDC Threatens To Seal Stations, Sue Independent Marketers Hoarding Fuel

NSCDC Officials at a fuel station in Taraba State.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has threatened to seal any fuel station with Premium Motor Spirit and has refused to dispense fuel.

The security agency also vowed to sue fuel marketers hoarding the product.

This development follows weeks of tough times occasioned by fuel scarcity in major parts of the country, leading to a hike in transportation fares and commodities, a situation the NSCDC says they frown at.

Taraba State is one of the states hit by fuel scarcity with black marketers taking advantage of the scarcity to sell by the roadside.

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The NSCDC commandant in the state, Edwin Ugwuji in an interview with Channels Television lamented that fuel stations are under lock and key but they are deliberately shut to exploit citizens.

Fuel queues in Taraba State.

 

He, therefore, ordered for immediate opening and dispensing of the product to avert panic buying as well as artificial scarcity.

“If they have fuel in their tanks, they must sell, but some are hoarding the fuel to sell to black marketers and that is what we are trying to discourage ”

“If there is any marketer that has gone contrary to the stipulated regulation, we will seal the filling station, after which we can take the matter to court,” Ugwuji said.

He also faulted some marketers who claim the cost of lifting the PMS is now expensive compared to the previous days.

“From investigations, what they told me is that the cost of lifting the fuel is very high, but I do not want to believe it, because they have been lifting the fuel long ago and it is not the first time, so I think they need to come out with a very strategic action plan.

“We are strongly against them shortchanging the public and we would not stop until the needful is done,” he said.

He also assured residents of the availability of PMS in the state and asked that panic buying should not be considered by anyone.