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.



Seurity in Kogi State: Garlands for Kogi Governor by Petra Akinti Onyegbule

Today as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello receives the “Award of Recognition for outstanding Leadership and Efforts at Addressing Security Challenges in the Kogi State” from the office of the Inspector General of Police, one remembers with nostalgia how Kogi, perhaps the most arguably insecure State in the federation was transmogrified by the magic wand of the transformational leadership of the Executive Governor into a safe haven in such a short time of laudable impact.
Security scholars of repute will realise the peculiar nature and strategic positioning of Kogi State not only as a confluence province, but as a bastion of freeway outlet betwixt the North and the South and bordered unusually by ten whole States, unlike no other. This alone makes it a clandestinely porous state for criminal activities and insecurity challenges as security studies have shown that a border point is a scary hotspot for the infestation of fledgling crime.
No sooner had the extremely hardworking, focused and performing Governor been sworn in than he swung into action to re-position the State from its hitherto unenviable position as a nest of crime and one of the most unsafe destinations in the country into a very habitable clan, safe haven and the hub of security. This he heralded by massive investment in the security infrastructure and widespread protective apparatus in the State. Security concern thus became an integral focus of his administration because of his awareness and utmost realisation that without security, there can be no social progress and viable economic development in the state.
With concerted series of advocacy programme, awareness creation and mobilisation with important stakeholders like the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy, Mr. Governor’s quest to rebirth Kogi culminated into the attraction of the Nigerian Police’s deployment of a surveillance helicopter to the State in June, 2016.
By September 2016, Operation Total Freedom, a joint task force comprising the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Department of State Security Service, DSS, NSCDC and Nigerian Police, began its full operation to stem the tide of insecurity and crime in the state with remarkable results. They keyed into the Governor’s lofty objective of zero tolerance for crime and an absolutely secure Kogi State for the generality of Kogi people and the visitors alike.
The drive of Mr. Governor was largely predicated on several unsavoury reports about the security situation in Kogi State. Of worthy note is the United States’ Department of State’s August 2016 warning to U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommendation that they avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States because the security situation in North East Nigeria remained fluid and unpredictable. It listed other 17 States amongst which is Kogi due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies and other armed attacks. Other states in their black list include Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara. This made the state a no-go area for expatriates and a State investors would not think of doing business in.
It is worthy of note that Kogi, which was listed as one of the most insecure states in Nigeria and investors dreaded, is one of the most sought after states for investments in various sectors due to the giant strides of the Governor in the area of providing adequate security. Little wonder the people of Kogi have been commending the Governor because of his sterling performance in the areas of the core purpose of governance- the welfare and security of the people.
These and many more make the Governor extremely deserving of this coveted award. The massive infrastructural development and investment drive of the Governor is worthy of commendation and applause. Beyond his revolutionary re-positioning of the confluence State from the State of fear to the State of freedom, his commendable quest to lead the Agricultural renaissance in North Central Nigeria sets him apart in the annals of our development history as a pace-setting Colossus who is ready and willing to take the plunge of excellent direction to lead the strategically located confluence State with the capacity to be the commercial nerve centre of the country linking economic activities between the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria.
With this plausible feat and more, Mr. Governor has not only shown himself worthy of exemplary leadership in the area of securing his people, he has shown remarkably that he is imbued with the abundance of political will and muscle to confront every monster that is capable of hindering the socioeconomic and political development of the State. He has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he has the right gizmo of leadership that would yield the right results for development of the State. It is in the light of this that the President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces must be deeply appreciated for his invaluable support and for complimenting the lofty efforts of the Governor in providing adequate security for the people of Nigeria in general and Kogi State in particular.
All we can wish the Governor as he adds this befitting cap of deserving reward for a job well done is sound health, more wisdom and continued focus as he continually steers the wheels of Kogi government on the golden path of prosperity, progress, delivery of democratic dividends, security and stability.
Petra Akinti Onyegbule is the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor.

NUJ Condemns Assault On Journalists In Imo

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo Council, has condemned the weekend brutal attack on some journalists in Owerri by officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and NSCDC.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state NUJ Chairman, Mr Innocent Igwe, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Owerri.

The statement criticised what the council described as unwarranted, excessive and abusive use of force by the officers involved.

It viewed the incident and the brutality meted on the journalists as uncalled for and profoundly embarrassing.

According to the council, the officers of FRSC and NSCDC on vehicle check threw caution to the winds simply because the journalists appealed to them to release a car carrying a woman in labour to the hospital in order to avert a possible human casualty.

“Journalists in Imo have maintained excellent working relationship with the security agencies particularly the FRSC and the Civil Defence.

“It is worrisome and of serious concern that some officers of these agencies could throw caution to the wind in such a minor incident,” the statement said.

It called on the two agencies to investigate the incident thoroughly and take necessary measures to forestall any reoccurrence.

The council described the attack as unfortunate, noting that the journalists were brutalised by those paid by the state to protect them.

Officials of the NSCDC in the state on Saturday manhandled three reporters of AIT, Silverbird and Channels Television who intervened for a helpless woman.

The officials had shot sporadically at the journalists who tried to protect the woman on emergency after an official of FRSC had allegedly demanded a bribe from her husband who was rushing her to the hospital citing expired license as his offence.

The Silverbird reporter, Mr Nnamdi Ofonye, and his colleagues in Channels Tv, Mr Eyitope Kuteyi, and Mr Obioma Oburuoga of AIT, had pleaded that the motorist be allowed to take his bleeding wife to the hospital.

Osun Assembly Tasks Security Agencies On Intelligence Gathering

Osun state House of Assembly, under the leadership of Rt. Honourable Najeem Salam has said that intelligent gathering on the part of security agencies will go along way to ensure safety of life and property in the country.

This was contained in a statement realease by the Chairman House Committee on information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye when the house played host to the Osun Commandant of the Nigeria Civil Defense and Security Corps.

The speaker who expressed satisfaction on the state of security in the state commended the men of the civil service and other security agencies for their commitment to duty, and urged them to be more diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“Though the nation’s economy is passing through hard times, the command should sacrifice for the time being”, he added.

He attributed success recorded in the area of security in the state to foresight on the part of the government through investment in Armoured Personnel Careers and other equipment thus creating a conducive atmosphere in the state.

Honourable Salam however called on the residents of the state to cooperate with the command in providing result oriented services to the people.

In a submission the State of Osun Commandant of the Civil Defense and Security Corps has eulogized the state government for providing an enabling environment for the command to operate since its inception in the state.

According to the Commandant, Local Government Authorities, Traditional Authorities and individuals have been extending hand of comradeship to the corps as different authorities have been donating offices and land for the command to excel in its duties.

He acknowledged the success of the state government in implementing security strategy, which was responsible for the success the police achieved during the Friday Ikirun robbery in the state.

The Commandant reiterated the command commitment to serving the people with integrity and unalloyed loyalty, saying the support the command enjoyed from the various stakeholders are enough to spur them into greater heights.

Comparing Osun state with other states of the federation, he described the state has a trailblazer in terms of providing adequate environment for security operatives to succeed.

He also charged the citizenry to always work with security agencies when they noticed abnormal behavior in their communities, as well as from strangers that might have come to their areas.

Slain NSCDC Officer Attached To Ooni, Buried Amid Tears In Osun

It was a moment of sadness and tears as the remains of Mr. Marquis Olatunji, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Ooni f Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, were buried in Osogbo on Monday, just as family members, friends and colleagues gathered to pay him last respect

His corpse was interred at Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo around 12.45 p.m., shortly after a service conducted by Rev. D.D. Olaonipekun, of the Foursquare Gospel Church at the graveside.

Earlier, the coffin bearing his remans was conveyed to the NSCDC headquarters along Ilesa Road, Osogbo for a brief lying-in- state, where a parade of honour was held for Olatunji, who was shot to death at his duty post on February 7, 2016 by some gunmen.

In his sermon during the service held at the headquarters of the NSCDC in Osogbo, the clergy tasked people to be conscious of death as the inevitable end of all mortals.

According to Olaonipekun, “death is the ultimate end of every mortal man. We all must be ready to give an account of how we spent our lives here on earth one day.”