The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has summoned personnel of the Corps involved in the alledged physical assault on popular Nigerian gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, to its headquarters in Abuja to face disciplinary action.
The Corps’ Director of Public Relations, Olusola Odumosu, disclosed this Thursday in a press statement made available to newsmen.
TheFact Daily reports that the incident occured in Iloro Ekiti, when the officer of the Corps attempted to take money from the car belonging to Ayefele, who was in the town to entertain guests at an event. Upon resistance put up by the singer, the officer alledgedly punched him in the face and threatened to shoot him for refusing to give him money.
Odumosu, in his statement, conveyed in very strong terms the Corps’ condemnation of “such untoward attitude which is unbecoming of an officer of the law”, and reiterated its “zero tolerance for corruption, indiscipline and any atrocious behaviour inimical to the safety and security of the citizens of this country.
“We do not in anyway condone any act of recklessness, impudence or assault on any individual or group of persons nor infringement on the fundamental human rights of citizens whether highly or lowly placed”, Odumosu stated.
According to him, in addition to ordering that all concerned officers be identified and summoned immediately to the National Headquarters for necessary disciplinary action, CG Audi has also directed the Ekiti State Commandant to promptly commence a full scale investigation into the incident to establish the veracity of the allegation and the level of involvement and culpability of all the officers fingered in the matter.
The Corps has also tendered an unreserved apology to the renowned popular gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, as well as the Iloro Ekiti community, and assured to “leave no stone unturned in making sure that justice is served in this matter and erring officers found culpable be decisively dealt with to serve as deterrent to others”.