…justifies need for increase man-power

From Woye Yakubu, Abuja Bureau Chief

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Gana Mohammad has cleared the air on the supposed rivalry between the Nigeria Police Force and the NSCDC.

In an exclusive interview with News Hub Mag! on Thursday in Abuja, the Civil Defence boss refuted the claim that the police and Civil Defence are not in good working relationship, pointing out that, “the Police is our elder brother and we enjoy a good working relationship.

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“The IG Adamu Mohammad in particular has been kind and considerate to the Corps. So, we have a good relationship and also share intelligence report.”

He assured that the NSCDC enjoys a cordial and good working relationship with other security agencies in the country.

In his words, “We are the babies of the army and we are trained by them. We also work with different operations such as operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Yaki among others.

“We have a good relationship with the Nigeria Navy also, whenever they arrest vessels, they hand them over to us. We also enjoy a good relationship with the Air Force as well.

“When any arrest is made by our men, the suspects are paraded and then handed over to Nigeria Police.”

News Hub Mag! recalls that the NSCDC was established in 1967 as a voluntary Organization with the specific mandate of disaster management. In 2003, the bill establishing the NSCDC was passed and it became a full-fledged paramilitary organization with two additional mandates added to it.

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The protection of national assets which includes, pipelines, dams, communication masts, roads, bridges, and other national assets. Agriculture has also been added to their mandate because of cattle rustling.

Mohammed explained that the NSCDC is expected to provide security for the proposed cattle ranches to be established by the government.

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“We have also created additional unites, the anti-rape squad, Agro rangers and the solid mineral squad among other responsibilities added to our mandate.

“So, you see, our role is complementary to that of the police which is basically in charge of national security and is doing its best to curb criminal activities in the country,” he said.

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On the man power of the Corps and its capacity to carry out its mandate, the NSCDC boss explained that, “As at today, we have about 56,000 personnel and to be frank, the mandate of the Corps is expanding on daily basis. We have deployed 3500 men to the North East, 2500 to provide security to schools in the North East. We have about 5000 men in Agro Rangers Unit to provide security for farm lands. We have solid mineral units to curb illegal mining with about 3000 men, so our mandate is increasing. We would therefore need to increase our manpower.”

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