In its preparedness against any untoward development at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed surveillance equipment and monitoring vehicles in strategic locations of the federal city.
The equipment which were recently provided by the Office of the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) were for effective policing across the country.
While commending the effort of the government for the provision of the facility, the Commandant General of the corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin disclosed that his agency has already deployed over 2000 security personnel as well as sniffer dogs to beef of security around the venue of the National Conference.
Briefing some of the commanders of various units of the agency at the weekend, Dr Abolurin added that apart from protecting the venue of the National Conference the agency is also tackling the issue of vandalism of Critical Infrastructure and National Assets of government in various parts of the country.
As the lead agency saddled with the responsibility of Protecting the Critical Infrastructure of government such as PHCN Cables, Telecommunication Installations, Oil Pipe lines and Gas, Railway, Transport Sector and other Assets, some of its new surveillance equipment could detect dangerous weapons or IEDs that may be orchestrated by enemies of the Nation.
The NSCDC said: “So far we are committed to national security with the strengthening of our special units including Counter-Terrorism Unit, The Armed Squad, Special Force, Special Weapon and Tactics Units (SWAT), Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Weapon Unit and the Anti-Vandal Unit of the Corps.”
While eulogizing the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces for his commitment to National Unity and indivisibility of Nigeria by forging ahead with the Conference, he assures delegates and various participants of their safety, reiterating that it will be a successful deliberation and there is no cause for alarm.
…Releases Vehicles to JTF in Niger Delta
In her drive to curtail the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta area and its environs, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps is to release Hilux Vehicles to her personnel involved in Joint Task Force (JTF) operation in the Niger Delta.
This release become necessary to encourage and enhance the effective pursuant of the Corps mandate in the Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure as it concerns Oil and Gas Sector.
The Commandant General of the Corps Dr. Ade Abolurin states that, the Corps it’s bent in ensuring zero tolerance to vandalism in all sectors and oil theft and the only way the battle can be won is by empowering the foot solders by equipping them with all necessary equipment, says Abolurin.
He further reiterates that recently, the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki released surveillance vehicles with state of the art facilities to the Corps for the purpose of monitoring, tracking of vandals and protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure; the gesture according to him is to be replicated with the vehicles that are to be release for the same purposes to the JTF personnel.
Abolurin therefore, stresses that vandals and illegal bunkers have no hiding place any more as the Corps has declared total war against them and their cronies.
Vandalism and oil theft its evil and any one involved in such nefarious activities, it’s a saboteur and enemy of the nation, therefore, such a person does not deserve to live in this country.
The Corps Executive is agitating for a stiffer punishment for any one caught in the act of vandalism and oil theft considering it prevalent and precautious nature.
He assures the Federal Government with the support received so far, the Corps will be more committed, focused and determined in the crusade and fight against the scourge of vandalism in oil ramification.
He advises parents to warn their wards to desist from every act of criminality that can endanger their life and put the family name into shame as the law of the federation is no respecter of anyone; therefore, any one caught will be dealt with decisively in accordance with the law.
Abolurin appreciates the various Joint Task Force (JTF) commanders for their co-operation as well as the Nigeria Navy for their arrest on high seas and the subsequent handing over to the Corps for prosecution as the lead agency.
Equally, he commended the effort of the Department of State Security Services for their collaboration in arresting vandals of PHCN Cables and Telecommunication Installation, interception of illegal diversion of tanks containing petroleum products as well as those with vandalized products and handed over to the Corps for prosecution.
In the light of the above, Abolurin states that, if all stakeholders should realized that the battle against vandalism is not a fight for one agency alone but a collective one. Vandals according to him, will change their trade or relocate out of the country, what is required is synergy, collaboration and partnership at all levels to flush out vandals and oil thieves so that our nation can be free of saboteurs for meaningful development in all sectors of the economy to take place says, Abolurin.
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