The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi has called for new approaches, greater commitments and more affirmative actions against all criminal elements threatening the internal peace and security of Nigeria.
Audi, who made the call in a statement issued on Monday by the Corps’ Director of Public Relations, DCC Odumosu Olusola, condemned in strong terms the deadly assault on security operatives, innocent citizens and critical national assets and infrastructures, and described the incident as unfortunate.
TheFact Nigeria recalls that on Thursday, October 28, Joint Police/Civil Defence operatives deployed along Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi to stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the State, were ambushed by large numbers of suspected bandits. The operatives engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel that lasted for hours, in which some of the assailants were neutralised while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds. However, a police operative and two Civil Defence personnel paid the supreme price and their corpses were evacuated and buried accordingly.
Describing the incident as not only condemnable, but callous, despicable and inhuman, the Corps helmsman commiserated with the families and friends of those who had lost their loved ones in the incident, and promised to fish out the criminals and make them face justice.
Audi praised the efforts and resilience of the gallant operatives for preventing greater loss of lives and destruction of public property, assuring that efforts would be fully mobilized to go after the bandits, apprehend and deal decisively with them under the full weight of the law.
He appealed to members of the public to be vigilant, security conscious and to promptly assist security agencies with credible information that could lead to the arrest of these criminals who perpetrated this despicable act before they cause more havoc in the society.
Audi vowed that the Corps will not relent in its efforts but will continue to fight doggedly against banditry, kidnapping and insurgency. This, he said, will be achieved through concerted efforts of well trained personnel, introduction of more training programs and innovative strategies towards the deployment of more sophisticated equipment and improved staff welfare which provides an umbrella of life insurance coverage for all personnel of the Corps.
“NSCDC is a full fledged paramilitary agency of government determined to collaborate with other security agencies in keeping the country safe and preserving the way of life of Nigerians. We are therefore not deterred by these recent attacks but we are forging ahead to make life meaningful for all Nigerians”, the CG said.