The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has lost one personnel with five others got injured in an accident while on election duty.
A statement on Saturday by the spokesman of the Corps, Olusola Odumosu, lamented that Corps Assistant II Abdusalam Roqeeb from Lagos State Command died in a road accident that occurred on Friday 24, February 2023 at a sharp bend at Giri junction, Abuja, while five other personnel are presently receiving treatment in a hospital.
According to him, the accident involved an NSCDC-branded vehicle, which was conveying authorised identification tags meant for personnel on election duty in Lagos.
He said following the unfortunate incident, the Commandant General (CG) of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Audi commiserated with families of the deceased, Lagos State Command, and the entire Corps.
He assured that, in line with his commitment to staff welfare, the Corps’ management will take very good care of the injured and bear full responsibility for their treatment to ensure their full recovery and safe return to their families.
He, however, said it is expedient to correct the erroneous impression created by some online reporters, blogs, and media outlets that the operative involved in the accident was conveying election materials.
He said the Corps is a non-partisan and apolitical organisation, hence, has no business conveying election materials as speculated in some quarters.
He noted that the items that were scattered on the road at the scene of the accident in the video shared online were election identification tags meant for Lagos Command personnel on election duty before the unfortunate incident and not ballot papers or PVCs.
The CG prayed for the repose of the soul of the gallant officer who died and soonest recovery of others in the hospital.
The deceased officer, according to him, had been buried in line with Islamic rites.