The Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has sued for peace and directed operatives of the NSCDC, Imo State Command, to remain calm and not take laws into their hands following the invasion of the Command on Okigwe road, Owerri by some heavily armed operatives of a sister security agency.
According to Director of Public Relations, NSCDC National Headquarters, Abuja, DCC Olusola Odumosu, the Commandant General maintained that security was a collective responsibility and every agency of government empowered by law to protect life and property of Nigerians must work together and see themselves as partners in progress.
He noted that two wrongs could not make a right and there were more progressive channels to resolve issues amicably without necessarily resorting to violent attacks on each other’s operatives or facilities.
He described the invasion of its Command headquarters in Imo state as avoidable and unnecessary in the face of synergy and collaboration that were needed to combat the various security challenges in the country and urged all NSCDC operatives to maintain a high level of civility and decorum by avoiding any form of confrontation with other security and law enforcement operatives while going about their lawful duties.
Addressing his operatives on the matter, Dr Audi maintained that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was committed to peaceful coexistence among security agencies and remained undaunted despite all that transpired.
“Our mandate of securing lives and protecting Critical National Assets and Infrastructure is very sacrosanct in ridding the nation of criminal elements and economic saboteurs, therefore, I urge you to remain focused, resolute and continue to maintain harmonious relationship with your professional colleagues on the field at all time, even in the face of harassment and intimidation,” the CG said.
As the lead agency in safeguarding all Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Dr Audi directed all officers and men of the Corps to carry out the Presidential order of clamping down on economic saboteurs, petroleum pipeline vandals and illegal bunkerers across the nation.
He reiterated the need to abide by the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Code of Ethics of the NSCDC.
“We are committed to synergy and collaboration with other agencies despite what has happened, I therefore, urge all my officers to remain calm and avoid any form of reprisal attack by allowing the leadership of both agencies to resolve the matter amicably. We are also seeking the support of members of the public in the fight against insecurity affecting our dear nation through timely release of intelligence information that could lead to arrest of all criminal elements disturbing the peace of the country,” the CG said.