NSCDC, NDLEA, Customs deploy 2,136 officers for March 9 elections
Various security agencies in Kwara said on Thursday that a total of 2,136 officers had been deployed to ensure law and order in Saturday’s governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state.
The security agencies are the Kwara commands of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
He expressed the readiness of the corps to do more in providing security before, during and after Saturday’s elections, saying: “2000 personnel of the corps have been deployed across the state for this purpose.”
Ale further urged the public to be law abiding, shun any act capable of disrupting the electoral process, and cooperate with security agencies for peaceful conduct of the elections.
He assured the public that the corps would promote the creation of environment that would be conducive for the conduct of peaceful governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The NDLEA Commander, Barr. Ona Ogilegwu, said that a total of 80 officers had been deployed to the 16 Local Government Areas of the state to ensure peaceful conduct of the March 9 elections.
“We are deploying the same number of officers as we did during the Presidential and National Assembly elections to cover all the local government areas of the state.
“A total number of 80 officers will resume their duty posts tomorrow, March 8, ahead of Saturday’s polls and will remain there until the results are declared,” he said.
Ogilegwu said that the heads of security offices in the state have held meetings with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state and discussed how free and fair elections in the area could be conducted.
According to him, another meeting has been scheduled with the state’s Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, who is also the state Chairman of the security committee for the 2019 elections.
Alhaji Umar Abu, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Ilorin, said that three officers had been deployed to each of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, with a supervisor in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
Abu stated that strategic plans had been made by security operatives to ensure peaceful and hitch-free elections.
“I also participated in the meeting with the security men, REC committee, military men and all other officers concerned in order to ensure peaceful elections in the state,” he said.https://nnn.ng/nscdc-ndlea-customs-deploy-2136-officers-for-march-9-elections/
Shippers Council visits bonded terminals, reviews operational efficiency
Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Tuesday said that the council would be posting its staff permanently to terminals to ensure operational efficiency.
He spoke during a visit some bonded terminals to review their operational efficiency.
According to him, the posting is to make sure that weekly, they can have a report of charges, how long it takes a container to exit and difficulties experienced.
Bello visited the Kachicares Resources Ltd. Container Terminal and Denca Bonded Terminal both located in Lagos.
The NCS chief said delays were dangerous to cargo evacuation, and told cargo operators and shippers that things would not be the same again, as the council was looking into issues closely.
“We are reviewing the operational efficiency of terminals and you know the main terminals are the seaport terminal and offdock terminals.
“These ones visited today are offdock terminals and they are having some problems.
“Recall in July this year, we issued some circulars which talked about two things; no cargo will be stamped to any terminal except that which has been nominated by the shipper himself.
“Also, all charges accruing out of the transfer should not be borne by the shipper, this is international practice and standard.
“I am happy to say that there has been substantial compliance and we are going round to see if shippers are being charged or not and if terminals are complying.
“We are having a meeting with the terminals to make sure that all the charges are streamlined and are linked to the service they are offering, and that is why we are doing this on the spot assessment today,” he said.
Bello said that the review of the terminals to see how things were, the operational deficiencies and ways to tackle them, were also to ensure that cost of shipping was brought down considerably.
He said that in Kachicares Resources Ltd. Container Terminal, there was substantial compliance, but there were other issues.
Bello said there were other issues like delays, poor access to terminals, and charges, of which they had yet to refund about N3.4 million to shippers.
As regards the Denca Bonded Terminal, Bello said he was not happy with what was happening there, claiming that N40million shippers charges had not been refunded.
He said that there could not be an informal arrangement whatsoever in the terminal, warning that they would take very strict measures which would include sealing off the terminal if need be.
Bello said that going forward, they would work with Nigerian Customs to ensure proper situation, location and geographical availability to be considered before a terminal was situated.
In his response, Mr Lawrence Eboji, Head of Operations Kachicares Resources Ltd., Container Terminal said that the terminal had enough cargo handling equipment to handle any issue.
He said that as regards charges, the terminal was not giving any abnormal charges.
Eboji said that most of the complaints of customers was gotten from the mother port.
Also, Mr Tony Asiadiachi, General Manager, Denca Bonded Terminal said that containers sent to them came with bills and they carried storage.
He said that they paid for it and in turn passed it to customers.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
NSCDS says intelligence gathering, security reporting skills essential for officers
Lucy Samu, the Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Ebonyi on Tuesday reaffirmed the corps’ readiness to continue to prioritise training of its officers on intelligence gathering and security reporting.
She said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , following the successful conclusion of a capacity building training for some of its officers in Abakaliki on Monday.
“The importance of intelligence gathering and effective security report writing cannot be over-emphasised, they are fundamental to our mandate of securing the people and protecting public infrastructure,” she said.
Samu explained that the essence of the one-day training programme was to improve the officers’ security awareness and enhance productivity.
According to her, the training is in line with the Commandant-General’s policy to promote the training and re-training of officers for effective service delivery.
She said that the NSCDC’s Commandant-General, Abdullahi Muhammadu, was keen about shoring up officers’ competencies and capabilities in the interest of achieving set objectives.
The state commandant stated that effective intelligence gathering and security reporting were crucial in the task of delivering on the NSCDC’s mandate.
“Our officers at the local government levels, mainly the district and their intelligence officers are actively involved in this exercise,” she said.
Samu further said that the officers would pass on the knowledge gained during the programme to their subordinates to ensure a more effective security at the grassroots.
“The realities of the time will not allow us to gather everybody at the same time to undergo the training, so we selected two officers from each local government area.
“We complied with all COVID-19 prevention protocols such as hand washing, social and physical distancing; I thank the commandant-general for his support toward the success of this programme,” she said.
Mr Egoma-Egoma Edet, the command’s Head of Administration, informed the trainees that writing good security reports was one of the foremost tasks of any security officer.
“Such reports provide a clear picture of happenings; they greatly assist in investigations, so a good security report should be very informative
“Security reports can be used in the eventuality of litigation.
“Therefore, such reports should be legible and written in simple grammar for effective comprehension,” he said.
Edet said that effective intelligence gathering would enable officers to perform optimally by contributing meaningfully to investigation and storage of security information.
One of the trainees, Mr Bassey Okoi, commended the corps for organising the training and pledged his readiness to pass on the knowledge garnered to his subordinates.
Okoi, the Divisional Officer, Ohaukwu Local Government Area, said that constant training and re-training of officers were necessary to boost efficiency.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu
NSCDC prevents thieves from diverting 1,100 litres of PMS across border
The Commandant of NSCDC, Lagos State, Mr Iskil Makinde, at the display of the exhibits in Lagos on Monday said that the thieves were arrested in their boat while they were carting away the product to Benin Republic from Badagary where it was siphoned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Makinde assumed duty in Lagos on Aug. 24 following a posting order dated Aug. 17 from Commandant -General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu.
The Commandant said that the incident happened on Sept. 20 and that the products were stocked in polythene bags and kegs.
According to him at the parade, all attempts to stop the culprits initially proved abortive.
“ However, a hot pursuit by the NSCDC marine corps of the thieves made them abandoned the boat in which the products were loaded and jumped into the sea to escape,” he said.
Makinde said that other exhibits recovered at the scene include a wooden canoe which cracked in the course of bringing it to the shore.
“ Also recovered is a 740 HP Yamaha engine used to power the boat,” he said.
The commandant said that the corps would not condone any act of criminality in the state.
“The corps is also assuring the residents of Lagos State of peaceful environment as its personnel are set of ridding the state of all criminal elements,” he said
Edited By: Peter Dada
NDLEA clarifies stand on drug integrity test for intending couples
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has shed light on why those intending to go into marriage should undergo a “drug integrity test”.
The Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr Jonah Achema in a statement on Saturday in Abuja said that what the agency proposed was totally different from what was reported.
Achema said that the clarification became neccessary following the report circulating on the media that the agency was to conduct drug test for ladies before marriage.
According to Achema, the attention of the NDLEA has been drawn to the barrage of reactions to a report by an online publication.
“This in which was wrongly credited to the Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) on proposed drug integrity test for intending couples by religious organisation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, what the chairman said was that as an extension of drug integrity test policy in public service, NDLEA is also considering partnering with the religious leaders.
“This consideration is to make drug test prerequisite for marriage in churches and mosques as in the case of s and Genotype tests, ” he said.
“It therefore smack of cheap chauvinism of one to manipulate statement meant for intending couples to mean ladies as if ladies is a generic term for the marriage institution or intending couple.
Achema said that the propriety of targeting the family of effective drug control was not debatable adding that most drug problems complicate the family institution, leading to broken homes and poor parenting.
He said that it was the dutiful thinking of NDLEA to involve religious organisations to persuasively engage intending couples to ascertain their drug use status.
This he said was considered so as to seek help where neccessary before marriage in order to promote public health within the context of agency’s drug preventive strategy.
“Making it a women affair is trivialising the issue and trying to engender discrimination which is far from the intention of the gender friendly NDLEA.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza