NSCDC, SON To Combat Adulterated Products In Ondo

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State have pledged to partner with the combat spread of adulterated products in the state.

The NSCDC Corps Commandant in the state, Mr Awili Pedro, made the pledge in Akure on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the State Coordinator of SON, Mr Paul Oke.

Pedro said enforcement and compliance roles played by SON could not be overlooked.

“We place so much value on SON and as long I am here, our relationship is going to be strong.

“I want us to look at those people selling adulterated products and we know that SON is sincere and trustworthy to work with.

“If those involving in sharp practices thrive, people look at relevant agencies as being compromised and not being serious.

“You render life-saving services and we do not want our personnel and yours to connive and obstruct the targets of the two organisations,” he said.

The SON coordinator said the visit had encouraged the organisation to do more and promised to collaborate more with the corps.

“I can assure you that with this visit, there will be more collaboration and synergy to get rid of fake and substandard products in Ondo State.

“We know that SON cannot do this assignment alone and that is the reason why we have been involving the corps.

“We will do more with your hands of fellowship and pursue this to the latter.

“We just need more intelligence information so that we can get to the source and roots of the unwanted products,” he said.

Osun NSCDC Boss Hails Oluwo’s Charistmatic Monarchy

The Osun State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Commandant Aboluwaye Akinwande has described Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi as an asset to the security, historical, political, religious and economic stability of Nigeria, saying most people in his immediate environment are ignorant of his charismatic leadership.

Akinwande said Oluwo is a monarch with a difference, fully committed to serving humanity in all spheres of life, saying few people are not on the same page with him because of the strangeness of his doctrines and unique approach to monarchy.

According to a statement signed by the Press Secretary to the monarch, Ali Ibrahim, the commandant made the disclosure while leading his team on a familiarisation visit to the Oluwo of Iwoland, HRM Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, in his palace recently.

The NSCDC boss said, Oba Akanbi remains an historical wizard blessed with administrative proficiency Nigeria need at this recession period, stressing that his knowledge of Iwo has changed few months after the installation of Oba Akanbi as Oluwo of Iwo.

Akinwande further described Oluwo as a responsible father laying precedence for the traditional institutions as exemplified by Oduduwa, the pioneer of Yoruba race, saying his contribution to humanity in road rehabilitation, security vehicles, health facilities, feedings of orphans/widows/less privileged and empowerments are testimony to his beliefs that kingship is nothing but a position to efficiently serve humanity.

“Oluwo is indeed a father to all. Some people of his immediate environment don’t know his worth. He has demonstrated to be a responsible father. His programmes are encompassing for the benefit of all devoid of discrimination. I learnt he patched Iwo-Osogbo road, Iwo-Ibadan road, potholes within Iwo community, bought surveillance vehicle for security men, feeding orphans, widows and the have-not in his palace. Those succours speak volume of a responsible father.

In his remark, Oba Akanbi pledged his support for the agency in protecting lives and properties of the people of Osun, appealing to citizens to be law abiding and respect security men in the interest of the country.

Osun NSCDC Volunteers Laud Absorption Move

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The pioneer volunteers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Osun State command have commended the federal government giant strides on security matters across the country, especially in the area of vandalism.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Osun State Coordinator of the NSCDC volunteers, Mr. Sunday Oyedokun, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital.

Mr. Oyedokun commended Hon Goodluck Opiah Nanah representing Ohaji-Egbema-Oru West Federal Constituency submission on the floor of the House of Representatives on the 23rd of March, 2017 on the plight of NSCDC volunteers, who are yet to be absorbed into the civil defence corps.

He quoted Nanah as recalling that before the formal adoption of the NSCDC as a paramilitary organisation by the federal government, recruitment into the corp was voluntary by individuals that desire to serve their fatherland selflessly.

Mr. Oyedokun stressed that the NSCDC since inception has been complementing the efforts of the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies in the country to checkmate crimes and ensure safety of lives and property.

Oyedokun on behalf Osun NSCDC volunteers passionately appealed to the Commandant General of the Corps to personally intervene and ensure that all the foundational members yet to be captured, and who earnestly desire to either be enlisted to the corp or be duly remunerated as required are considered.

Mr. Oyedokun expressed joy over the commandant-general’s mindset and expressed optimism in his ability to better the lots of the old volunteers and put smiles on their faces.

Militants Attack Vessel in Bayelsa, Kill NSCDC Official, 2 Others

Suspected Niger Delta militants have again attacked a tugboat in the same area and killed three crew members.

Mr Asinim Butswat, Police Public Relations Officer for Bayelsa Command who confirmed the incident said that one police operative was still missing as his remains has yet to be recovered.

He said “On Sept. 22, at about 18.45hrs, a Tugboat, towing a Barge with a combined team of policemen from the Nigerian Inland Waterways, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and civilians on board was attacked by suspected sea pirates.

“The incident took place at Ekebiri Waterways in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa.

“A reinforced team arrived shortly and rescued one policeman, three NSCDC personnel and four civilians.

“However, a policeman, one NSCDC personnel and a civilian were shot dead by the sea pirates; one policeman is still missing.’’ Butswat said.

According to him, a search party has been deployed to find the missing policeman while all security operatives in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area have been alerted, while efforts are ongoing to arrest the culprits.

NSCDC Dismisses Rumours Of Recruitment

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC ) has dispelled rumours that the Corps was “recruiting underground” and carrying out replacement exercise.

The Corps Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Okeh said the Commandant-General (CG) of the Corps, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, had urged job seekers and the general public to disregard the rumour.

Muhammadu said the false information was a gimmick being peddled by fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting applicants of their hard earned money.

He noted that a number of unemployed Nigerian youths had shown interest in enlisting in the Corps.

“And this has attracted some dubious individuals who have resorted to spreading false news and sending text messages to them on non-existing recruitment and replacement exercises,” he said.

The NSCDC CG stated categorically that the Corps would advertise its existing vacancies before the end of the year for interested candidates to apply.

This, he said, would be done as soon as the fund was made available to the corps.

He said that the documentation and data capturing exercise for personnel presently going on at the State Commands of the Corps nationwide was being misconstrued by criminally minded individuals to mean recruitment or replacement exercise.

He said further that the fraudsters were all out to take the advantage of the ongoing exercise to drive home their aim of defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians.

“That due to the forthcoming promotion exercise, the Corps is only issuing old letters of appointment and promotion of personnel who merited it.

“But for administrative reasons they were unable to receive their letters in the last exercise conducted and it is expedient for them to document at this point in time due to the forthcoming promotion exercise,” he said.

The CG, therefore, advised applicants to exercise patience and wait for the appropriate time the Corps would advertise its existing vacancies in major National Newspapers.

NSCDC Arrest Five Notorious Motorcycle Snatchers In Niger

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC) Special Unit deployed to Minna-Suleja Federal Highway has arrested five notorious motorcycle snatchers terrorizing residents of Gurara Local Government Area.

The Commandant of the Corps in the state, Mr Philip Ayuba, disclosed this in an interview with our reporters in Minna on Tuesday.

Ayuba said that the suspects were rounded up in Gawu Babangida and Damisa villages in Gurara local government area.

“Three of the suspects confessed to the crime while the remaining two were accomplished.

“The suspects confessed that the motor batteries found in their possessions were stolen from cars parked in Gawu Babangida village with the use of the multiple keys.

“Items recovered from the suspects include; two vehicle batteries, one digital camera, 30 assorted keys, one Bluetooth, one Hi TV receiver, one car stereo and assorted food stuff,’’ he said.

The commandant said the suspects would all be charged to court after the investigation had been concluded.

NSCDC Ambush Stolen Oil Loaded In Govt Vehicle

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command, has intercepted stolen petroleum products conveyed in a vehicle belonging to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

It was gathered that the vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was used by the suspects to beat security checkpoints, was rounded up on Thursday in Yenagoa, by the anti-vandal team of NSCDC.

One of the suspects identified as Philip Tuma confessed that he worked in the ministry and was allowed by the ministry’s authority to keep the vehicle with registration number 28A-36FG in his care.

He, however, said his boss in the ministry knew nothing about his illegal mission of using the vehicle to transport stolen oil.

Tuma said he embarked on the dirty deal in connivance with his younger brothers, who were idle at home following the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“I work in the ministry and was given the bus to keep as a worker. My boss has no knowledge of what I have done. This is my first time.

“My younger ones, who are at home because of the ASUU strike convinced me to follow them because they needed money for their fees”, he said.

Also, a female suspect, Mercy Ekereme, paraded for her alleged involvement in illegal bunkering, said she was arrested by NSCDC while trying to convey the products from Ogbia to Yenagoa.

Ekereme, who hailed from Delta State, said she was once a hawker of sachet water but was introduced into the oil theft business by an unnamed woman.

“The woman who introduced me into this oil business saw me selling pure water and said my pure water business was embarrassing. She helped me to get a loan and linked me with a dealer who gives me products to sell.

“I got the product and decided to take them to Yenagoa. I met a man who came to buy fuel into a Hilux vehicle for his boss. We agreed on a fare and he decided to carry the products to Yenagoa. But we were arrested at Okaki”, she said.

Speaking shortly after destroying some of the impounded products, the Deputy Commandant, NSCDC, Mr. Chikere Isidore, said the suspects would be prosecuted.

“We are always in their trail and each time we intercept them, we arrest and prosecute them. You can see the suspects carried some of their products in a van of a known ministry to escape arrest. But they failed. Out men are always on the lookout”, he said.

He said some of the impounded products were burnt because they were abandoned by suspects, who ran away on sighting operatives of NSCDC.

He, however, said that other products at the command were arrested with their owners and were used as exhibits in court.

NSCDC Arrests 6 For Selling Unregistered SIM Cards

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa Command says it has arrested six persons for allegedly selling unregistered SIM cards in the state.

Mr Adamu Abdullahi, the command’s spokesman made this known to journalists in Dutse on Wednesday.

Abdullahi said five out of the suspects were arrested on Hakimi Street and at New Market, Dutse, while other was held at Hadejia Town.

He said the corps confiscated over 5,000 assorted SIM cards during the raid.

The NSCDC spokesman assured the public that the Corps would continue to stop the illegal sale and use of such SIM cards, stressing that illegal sale of SIM cards posed a serious threat to national security.

“These are the types of SIM cards used by insurgents, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals.

“It is the mandate of the NSCDC to protect critical national assets and infrastructure, including the safeguard of all telecommunication facilities in the state,” he said.

He appealed to Nigerians to stop using unregistered SIM cards.

Contributing, Mr Salisu Abdu, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Head of Enforcement Unit, reminded the residents that all new SIM cards must be registered before

NCC in collaboration with NSCDC, had on July 6, apprehended four other suspects over the same offence and were found in possession of 70 unregistered SIM cards.

Operatives Suspended For Shooting Doctors Car

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has concluded investigations into an allegation that two of its operatives harassed a medical doctor, Bekewari Sampou and shot at his car in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The Corps set up a seven-man committee headed by NSCDC’s Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department, Deputy Commandant Anyanwu G.C  with the mandate to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The incident, which happened on April 28, involving two civil defenders, Akpoghomhe Jude and Ogodo Richman, generated concerns among members of the public.

The Corps set up a seven-man committee headed by NSCDC’s Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department, Deputy Commandant Anyanwu G.C  with the mandate to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The state Commandant, Mr. Desmond Agu, said following the report of the committee, Jude Akpogho, was indicted and was subsequently suspended from the corps.

Agu spoke at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa when a Pan-African group, Initiative for Positive Influence on African Youth (IPIAY) bestowed him with a distinguished leadership merit award.

He said the corps would never condone indiscipline especially the misuse of firearms by officers and men of NSCDC.

He said following the meeting between the executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association and the NSCDC, the corps resolved to compensate the victim.

Agu warned officers and men of the corps to desist from any act that could tarnish the image of NSCDC.

Receiving the award from the senior officers of the command, the commandant said it was an honour to be remembered for an award by IPIAY, whose membership cut across most African countries.

He asked members of the group to feel free and enjoy their stay insisting that the state and the country were highly secured.

“The NSCDC has helped immensely to keep the country safe. We are proactive in our approach to security matters and we will continue to contribute our quota to ensure that peace reigns in the country”, he said.

Referring to the corps as a peacemaker, he assured the visitors that the award would boost the morale of NSCDC to do more in the state in realising its mandate.

Earlier in his speech, the Head of Mission, Mr. David Christophe, described Agu as a rare gem, administrative icon, a man of outstanding understanding and a true son of Africa.

Christophe, who hails from Togo led other delegates, Kwase Kudjoe (Ghana), Esther Okeke (Cameroon), Gabriel Kamoya (Kenya), Semira Ikhina (Benin Republic) and Paul Mathew (Nigeria) to give the award to the commandant.

Christophe said the group was founded to identify selfless leaders, whose styles were in line with Pan-Africanism, and encourage them.

He said Agu had demonstrated sterling leadership qualities in his career through his contributions to the growth and development of the NSCDC.

Addressing Agu, he said: “Without fear of contradictions, you were found worthy to receive the youth Africa distinguished merit award as the most outstanding commandant in recognition to your immense contributions to nation-building and effective service delivery to NSCDC”.

 

NSCDC Declares to Seal Off Petrol Stations Selling Above N145

Mr. Desmond Agu, the Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, has threatened to seal off any petrol station selling above the regulated pump price N145.

Agu, who spoke during an interview in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Tuesday, insisted that filling station owners had no reason to increase the pump price of the products.

He also said that apart from sealing off such a filling station, the corps would also arrest the owner of such a station.

The commandant said, ‘The Federal Government has not increased the pump price of petrol. It is still N145 per litre. I have discussed with officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources in the state that any petrol station selling above N145 will be sealed off.

He, therefore, urged members of the public to report any errant marketers or petrol stations ripping customers off through arbitrary hike in price of petrol.

”I have already called a meeting of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria. I have told the marketers that if I get any of them selling above the pump price, we will seal off their stations as well as arrest such a marketer or marketers.

”We hereby urge members of the public not to gloss over such gross economic sabotage. They are urged to report any filling station in the state selling above the government regulated price. We will not condone such act of criminality. We will be going round the filling stations to monitor compliance from time to time.”

Agu also warned officers and men of the command against compromise in any way, saying that any errant operatives would be shown the exit door.

”I warn the officers and men of the command against compromise. Any errant civil defender will be arrested and prosecuted. They are advised in their own interest to avoid any act capable of tarnishing the good image of the corps,” he said.

He also reiterated the command’s zero tolerance for vandalism, sabotage of public facilities, especially critical national assets such as pipeline vandalism and other oil installations.

He warned oil criminals to look for legitimate jobs to do instead of engaging in nefarious activities, insisting that anyone caught would incur the full wrath of the law.

NSCDC Sacks 2 for Employment Scam

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara said it had dismissed two of its officers over extortion of innocent citizens on the pretext of securing employment for them in the corps.

Mr Pedro ldeba, Commandant of the NSCDC in the state,disclosed this in an interview with the our correspondent on Tuesday in llorin.

Ideba said the Commandant-General of the Corps approved the dismissal of the two affected Officers having found them guilty.

The commandant, who did not mention the names of the two affected Officers, said the corps would not relent in its efforts to rid the corps of bad eggs.

Ideba, who also did not disclose the amount involved in the deal, warned citizens of the state to desist from giving money to any personnel of the corps.

The commandant said that the corps was not recruiting now, adding that recruitment was free of charge.

He warned officers and men of the corps to desist from acts capable of tarnishing the image of the corps.

 

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