The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Capital Territory, Mr Peter Maigari, has charged recently promoted officers in the command to commit themselves to the security of the territory.
Maigari gave the charge during the decoration of over 70 personnel of the command with their new ranks on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the promotion was well deserved, as some of them had been stagnant on the same rank for almost 10 years.
The commandant charged the personnel to protect the image of the Corps, adding that the promotion came with more responsibilities.
“This promotion ought to boost your work morale and not to be unnecessarily competitive.
“Perform your duties firmly, not brutally, but being brutal is an exception when dealing with those trying to sabotage the peace of the country,” he said.
Maigari urged those who were not promoted to exercise patience and continue to perform their duties diligently.
“Hard work has a reward and reward is not a right in Public Service but a privilege,” he said.
He appreciated the synergy between the corps and other security agencies in ensuring the FCT and country at large was free of criminalities.
Five senior officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Commandant of Corps (ACG) to Deputy Commandant of Corps (ACG), while 28 officers were promoted to ACG.
Comfort Okomanyi, one of the decorated officers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria expressed gratitude for her promotion from Assistant Superintendent of Corps (ASC II) to ASC I.
Okomanyi said that the promotion was encouraging and would motivate officers and men of the corps to be more dedicated.
“This promotion comes with energy and morale to deliver on the job,” she added.
Mr Olasupo Solomon, the Assistant Commandant-General ( ACG) of Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in charge of Zone A, Lagos state, has charged staff of the Corps to intensify the fight against vandalism in Lagos state.
The zonal commander gave the charge during an emergency summon of management staff and strategic operational commanders in the zone on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the admonition is in line with the civil defence mandate and special efforts of the Commandant-General ( CG ), Mr Ahmed Audi, to rejig towards 24 hours surveillance of national critical assets.
He urged the officers to rejig the 24 hours survelliance on custodial centres, telecommunications and electrical installations, railway stations and assets, oil pipelines, schools, hospitals among others.
“The stadia, National Museum, National Arts Theatre and other infrastructure in the state,” he said.
He pointed out that the personnel could achieve more by recognising the existential threats to mutual humanitarian, public safety and security.
He further said NSCDC would continuecollaborate with other sister security agencies across the state to endure a crime free society.
The Zonal Commander, however, warned criminals who specialise in vandalism of oil pipelines, rail tracks, transformers, stealing of valuables bridge railings, manhole covers, street lights to desist from such acts .
“ I advise these criminal elements to find a better job because there no hiding place in Lagos State.
“Any one found culpable would be made to face the full wrath of the law, in order to bring lasting peace and sanity to the society.
” Solomon lauded the Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for putting in place proactive measures and strategies to boost the security architecture of the state at all times.
“Lagos remained one of the most secured states in Nigeria because the governor was able to coordinate inter-agency security collaboration effectively,” he said.
The Comptroller – General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (CGIS), Mr Idris Jere, on Wednesday warned officers to stay away from extortion and sharp practises in the processing of passports.
Jere gave the warning at the opening of a three-day workshop for officers and men of the Provost and Servicom Units .
of NIS Zone A.
He said that such acts constitute impediments in the process of obtaining the passports.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised by officer in-charge of the Zone, the Assistant Comptroller – General of Immigration Service (ACGIS ), Mr Olakunle Osisanya, to brighten- up the officials.
Jere mandated all officers and men working in passport offices to maintain high level of discipline, and professionalism in their conduct.
According to him, NIS executes a lot of statutory functions, among which is the issuance of passport and other travel documents.
He said these statuory functions called for discipline from people within and outside the service.
The comptroller-general said the objective of the workshop was to drive home the need to respect the appointment system, towards achieving excellent service.
He said, “It is with this, among others, that henceforth, entrance into the passport offices would be based strictly on applicant’s ability to provide evidence of appointment and collection dates”.
Jere, who was represented Mrs Modupe Anyalichi, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration Service in- charge of passport and other travel documents, said Nigerians must abide with NIS policies.
The NIS boss told the participants that integrity of the appointment system of dates would be monitored and that any officer caught extorting applicants would face discipline.
He said that the appointment system of dates allows proper queuing management system.
Jere advised applicants that needed to obtain passport to apply well ahead of time to avoid unnecessary anxiety by logging into the NIS portal (www.
ng), “After the log-in, the applicant should fill the application form, make payment, choose a date and processing centre of their choice.
“The applicant would then proceed to the centre on the choosen date with the required documents'” he said.
While commending ACG, Osisanya and his management team for putting up the training, he advised the participants to take full advantage of the workshop .
NAN reports that other top rank officers at the workshop include Mr Mani Bagiwa, Comptroller, Lagos state command, and the new Comptroller of Murtala Muhammed International Airport command, Mrs Adeola Adesokan.
The Passport Control Officer ( PCO ) in – charge of Ikoji Passport Office, Mrs AO Bewaji, and the new Comptroller, Passport Command, Lagos, Mrs Udoh Robert, among others, were also present.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has approved the redeployment of 69 senior officers to zones and commands formations across the country.
The Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Isah Jere, approved the postings in a statement by the Service’s Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Amos Okpu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The deployment which is contained in a circular vide 4423170 and dated Aug. 1, is with immediate effect.
The statement said that eight Assistant Comptrollers General (ACG) and 61 Comptrollers of Immigration (CIS) were affected by the posting order.
It said that the ACGs deployed include: ACG KM Amao formerly the Comptroller of Ogun Command is moved to the General Services Division at the Service Headquarters Abuja.
N Nandap, formerly in-charge of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command (MMIA) Ikeja, is now the head of the Combined Expatriate and Residence Permit Card Division (CERPAC) at the Service Headquarters.
“Similarly, ACG Abdullahi Usman is now the Head of the Division of Regular Migration at the Service Headquarters.
“The ACG B.
N Alawode becomes the Head of Welfare and Gender and ACG EC Esedo is the Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘D’ in Minna,” it said.
Meanwhile, ACG M.
A Ushie of the Document Fraud Unit has been moved to the Passport Division while ACG ES Fagbamigbe formerly of Idi-Iroko Border Command now heads the Land Border Division at the Service Headquarters.
Other comptrollers posted include: A.
O Adesokan who has been moved from Training and Staff Development (TSD) Abuja, to the MMIA while the acting Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Comptroller General, Ahmed Mustapha becomes the new Comptroller of Kano State Command.
“Others include: Compt.
Shittu Fatai now in-charge of Border Patrol Command Lagos; Compt.
Gwama Muhammad who now heads the Idi-Iroko Border Command and Compt.
MM Saddiq who is now the Principal Staff Officer to the Comptroller General.
“The Passport Control Officer, Ikoyi Passport Office Compt.
O Bewaji has been moved to the Service Headquarters while Compt.
Michael Dike takes over as the Comptroller, Seme Border Command Lagos.
“The Comptroller in-charge of Discipline is now moved to head Osun Command while Compt.
Sabo A Rano Commandant, Immigration Training School Kano is now the Comptroller of Gombe State Command,” it added.
D Dakat of Onne Marine Command moves to Akwa Ibom Command to take over from Compt.
GE Didel who has been moved to the Migration Directorate at the Service Headquarters among others.
The CG enjoined all the officers deployed to continue to avail the service their rich experiences in their new commands and formations in order to improve service delivery and national security.
Acting Commander General (ACG) Fasiu Adeyinka, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Zonal Coordinator for Osun, Ondo and Ekiti, commended voters for peaceful conduct in the ongoing Osun gubernatorial election.
Adeyinka delivered the eulogy during his visit to St. Gabriel Yemoo Primary School, Moore, District 3 and 4, Voting Units 003 and 004, on Saturday, in Ile-Ife.
He said that the voters were calm, calm and calm in all the polling units visited without any problems.
According to him, the voters are well led and without fear of anything.
The ACG thanked the electorate for heeding its advice and awareness campaign.
“In fact, since we have been holding elections, this 2022 election is a good example of peaceful conduct by voters.
"This will be repeated in the general elections," he said.
Adeyinka admonished everyone to maintain peaceful coexistence so that the elections are free, fair and credible.
In addition, the chairman of the All Progressives Forum (APC) Forum of Elders, Ife Central Local Government, Prince Felix Awofisayo, praised the electorate and INEC for the peaceful conduct of the Osun state gubernatorial elections.
Awofisayo delivered the eulogy at the Bishop's Court, Iremo District 11, on Saturday, in Ile-Ife.
He said that with the peaceful conduct of the poll observed, there was hope for the 2023 state and general elections.
“The election is peaceful, calm, and there is a very massive turnout.
So as I'm speaking, as of this moment, honestly if it continues like this until the end, then we have hope for this nation.
“So far so good, it has been smooth and fluid.
“This is the first time that the accreditation and voting went very well, it didn't take me even five minutes to arrive.
The Nigeria Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has advised its newly recruited officers to maintain discipline and exhibit the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
The NSCDC Commandant General, Dr Abubakar Audi, gave the advice during the passing out parade of the 2019 recruited officers in Katsina on Wednesday.
The 368 recruited officers participated in a three-months training in Katsina state.
Audi was represented by ACG Babangida Abdullahi, the Provost, College of Peace and Disaster Management, Katsina.
According to him, the recruitment is part of the efforts to resuscitate and reposition the NSCDC for improved service delivery.
He assured the officers of the corps’ readiness to safeguard their welfare to boost morale and encourage effective discharge of duties.
The commandant general further emphasised that more training and retraining on counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering would be organised to improve the capacity of officers and men of the corps.
The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Mohammed Sanusi-Bello, thanked Audi for his efforts in providing all the needed equipment for completion of the recruitment.
Sanusi-Bello also commended Gov. Aminu Masari, for his continuous support to the corps in the state.
He urged the newly recruited officers to show the highest level of integrity and loyalty to the constitution of Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the governor on Drug Narcotics assured the corps of the state government readiness to assist them in the protection of lives and properties of the citizenry.
Controller of Corrections, Felix Lawrence, has assumed duty in Rivers Command following an administrative reshuffle within the Nigerian Correctional Service nationwide.
This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria by DSC Juliet Ofoni, the Command’s Public Relations Officer.
According to the statement, Lawrence took over from the Assistant Controller General of Corrections, Alex Oditah, on June 24 at a handover ceremony in Port Harcourt.
The statement added that Oditah had similarly been deployed as Desk Officer ACG Restorative Justice at National Headquarters, Abuja.
It also stated that Oditah, at the occasion, urged all staff to give the new Controller the maximum cooperation to achieve “necessary positive change and the mandate of the service’’.
Oditah also appreciated staff for their diligence to work, adding that he appreciated any action taken to move the state Command forward.
Also, Controller Felix Lawrence, at the occasion, thanked God and the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nabab, for his posting to Rivers Command.
He urged all staff to give him maximum cooperation adding that truancy would not be tolerated.
The statement added that Lawrence had served successfully in various capacities, including State Headquarters, Lagos Command and State Headquarters, Asaba, Delta.
He also served at Medium Security Custodial Centre – Shendam, Plateau; Medium Security Custodial Centre – Kuje; Medium Security Custodial Centre – Kano and Medium Security Custodial Centre – Ikoyi.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has advised Jibia border communities in Katsina State to utilise the business opportunities in the area, following the recent reopening of the border.
The NCS Zonal Coordinator in Charge of Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, ACG Umar Garba, gave the advice on Wednesday during a familiarisation visit to Nigeria-Niger border in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Jibia border was reopened on April 25 after its closure in Aug. 2019.
He explained that the reopening of the border had made a lot of businesses booming in the area, adding that many residents were now benefiting.
“I wish to advise the people of the communities around this border to think of legitimate businesses since the border had now opened.
“Doing so will assist in improving the economy of the area, the state and the country in general.
“Like I told them, the government doesn’t want anything illegitimate such as smuggling, Child trafficking, proliferation of small and light arms.
“If all these things are taking place, there would be no economic development.
“Therefore, they should please use the reopening of the border as an opportunity for them.”
ACG Garba further disclosed that a process was underway to provide modern scanners on the way to ensure that other illegal items were not transported into the country.
He further expressed satisfaction with the existing good relationship among the border communities, customs officials, other security agencies and also the Niger Republic’s officials.
In his response, the Secretary of Jibia LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal, commended the Federal Government and the NCS for reopening the border.
He added that since its reopening, so many collapsed businesses were gradually returning across the communities.
Lawal further appealed to the NCS to assist the people of Jibia who were displaced by banditry activities in the area.
Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has tasked senior officers of the Corps to serve as mentors to subordinates to foster professionalism.
Audi, during the decoration of 22 Assistant Commandant-Generals and 35 Commandants of the Corps on Thursday in Abuja, said that the essence of leadership was to make impact in the lives of others.
According to him, personnel who are unable to impact unique leadership qualities to junior operatives have failed the Corps.
Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior and Chairman, Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB) on Tuesday decorated five Deputy Commandant-Generals (DCG) of the Corps.
The CG charged the 62 promoted officers on loyalty, commitment, dedication and service delivery.
“You are not to see your elevation as a meal ticket to enjoy without giving the service what it’s due,’’ he said.
The CG, who attributed promotion as a gift from God, advised personnel who were of the habit of lobbying for promotion to desist from such act.
He also ordered all State Commandants to hand over the mantle of leadership in state commands to the most senior officer and report to NSCDC headquarters in Abuja.
Commissioner of the board in-charge of promotions and appointment, retired Maj.- Gen. Emmanuel Bassey, said that those promoted went through rigorous screening as he charged them to continue to work hard.
“Make sure the promotion is well deserved because the security situation in the country needs so much work,’’ he said.
The Commissioner advised officers who are to sit for the next promotion examination to get acquainted with the use of computer as the board eradicates manual examination.
“The next promotion examination will be computer based so if you don’t know how to use a computer go and learn because it would be you and your computer,” he said.
A beneficiary of the promotion ACG, David Abi, commended the board and management of the Corps for the promotion, adding that it was long awaited.
“We will continue to work with the Corps to achieve its mandate as well as to achieve the CG’s vision to be one of the best in the security architecture of the country.’’
Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director-General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has called for capacity building and collaboration among stakeholders to curb the menace of irregular migration and trafficking.
Waziri-Azi made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the inaugural committee meeting of stakeholders on border management.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was hosted by Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), supported by International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
FIIAPP is the provider of a project tagged: Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), funded by European Union.
NAN reports that the stakeholders at the programme included: NIS, NAPTIP, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), among others.
Waziri-Azi stressed the need for capacity building among stakeholders and robust collaboration in order to win the war against irregular migration and human trafficking.
According to her, NAPTIP alone cannot tackle irregular migration and human trafficking alone, adding: “that this is why the platform for collaboration is important, as both concepts involve movement of people.
“We need to keep building on our capacity to tackle this menace; there is rapid shift from offline recruitment to online recruitment.
“We in NAPTIP cannot do this alone; we rely on our sister agencies to do the work effectively.
“Collaboration is crucial, and this platform will solidify our relationship. We must keep on encouraging ourselves and working together,’’ she said.
The acting Comptroller-General (CG) of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Alhaji Idris Jere, urged the committee to work in line with the demands of their job and the acts regulating their various agencies.
Jere, who was represented by a Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of Visa and Residency, Mr Ishaka Haliru, urged the committee to see themselves as stakeholders in the protection of Nigeria.
He said it was worrisome to see many Nigerians showing disrespect for uniformed personnel, saying that ironically, the same Nigerians showed their different sides to uniformed personnel anytime they travelled outside the country.
Jere, however, called on the stakeholders to also up their games through improved attitudinal change in their interactions and dealings with members of the public.
According to him, it is only when there is confidence building that credible sharing of information among stakeholders can be achieved.
He also stressed the importance of border community relationship in tackling the menace of irregular migration and human trafficking.
Jere also underscored the benefits that members would get from the training at the inaugural meeting, which, he said, would go a long way in achieving effective border management.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the A-TIPSOM Team Leader, Mr Rafael-Rios Molina, called for mutual understanding among the stakeholders, saying that this had become necessary in order to conquer the issue of irregular migration.
According to him, FIIAPP, as the foundation providing the A-TIPSOM project to Nigeria, is determined to supporting the country in tackling irregular migration and human trafficking-related issues.
He said that A-TIPSOM project was working in different areas, covering national, international and regional levels, while thanking all the stakeholders for their determination to work their talk.
Chairman of the committee, ACG Aminu Mohammed and Co-Chairman, Mr Daniel Atokolo of NAPTIP, expressed readiness to do their best to ensure proper management of the nation’s borders. (