The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to waive its charges for the testing suspected adulterated petroleum products.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, requested for the waiver while hosting members of a Presidential Task Force, Operation White (OPW) at the Corps’ Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Audi, the Corps paid between N80,000 and N100,000 to NNPCL for laboratory testing and analysis of suspected adulterated petroleum products it apprehended.
The CG further sought the support of NNPCL in the acquisition of working tools and equipment to enable the NSCDC diligently pursue its mandate.
He expressed concern over incessant vandalism of oil facilities and attack on security personnel by oil thieves and smugglers sabotaging the country’s economy.
The CG, therefore, called for joint efforts to protect the oil sector which drives Nigeria’s economy from economic saboteurs, oil thieves, illegal bunkerers and pipeline vandals.
He appreciated the Taskforce for the visit and assured of continuous collaboration in curbing and prosecuting those involved in petroleum related crimes.
Audi commended the Federal Government’s commitment to ending oil theft in the country, and sought for the support of all well-meaning Nigerians.
Earlier, OPW Team Lead, Mr Tijjani Mohammed said that the team was set up to curtail hoarding, diversion and smuggling of petroleum products.
He said that the partnership between NSCDC and the team will help to effectively protect all states, including the FCT.
Mohammed decried the unrepentant nature of smugglers bent on sabotaging Federal Government efforts to nip illegal oil bunkering in the bud.
He said that OPW will not relent in its efforts to curtail all sharp practices until sanity was enthroned in the oil sector.
He said that the team’s seven boarder points will require the services of NSCDC Intelligence Squard and legal support for prosecution of suspects.
Mohammed said that the Taskforce was determined to share intelligence reports with the Corps and other sister agencies.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has partnered with Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), on forensic and investigative psychology to foster behavioural pattern of its personnel.
The agreement was reached on Friday in Abuja when the NSUK Psychology Department delegation, led by Prof. Emmanuel Alhassan, paid a courtesy visit on NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi. Alhasan applauded the NSCDC for taking criminal intent assessment, mental health and psychological fitness tests for armed operatives and personnel seriously.
He, however, said in spite of the setting up of Forensic and Behavioural Unit, the NSCDC should also strengthen its activities by providing psychological services.
“We urge you to reinforce these services because more than ever before, the country needs these services,” he said.
Alhassan urged the NSCDC to take advantage of the university’s new postgraduate programme of Masters in Forensic and Investigative Psychology, to enhance the capacity of its staff.
“This will further foster the collaboration between both organisations in the area of training, professional service and ensure better psychological sanity in the corps,” he said.
The Psychologist appealed to the CG to attend the Annual Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Forensic Psychologist, scheduled to hold on Oct.19, as a key speaker.
Responding, Audi said the partnership was apt, central and germane, adding that forensic and investigative psychology was essential to all departments of the corps.
“I want the corps to be driven by knowledge by partaking in programmes that will boost our capacity.
“We assure you that we will use all our might in urging personnel to enrol for the new psychology programme,” he said.
He reiterated that NSCDC Standard Operating Procedure cited that accidental discharge was non-acceptable in the corps “To curb some of these challenges we established the Forensic and Behavioural unit which also helps with the psychological testing of personnel.
“The testing is to educate personnel to be at alert once with arms and not allow the euphoria of carrying arms affect their thinking.
” Audi said that his vision was to create more elites in the corps and create a world class elite organisation committed to the protection of citizens and critical national assets and infrastructure.
The Nigeria Security and Civil DefenceCorps (NSCDC) says it has destroyed 71 illegal refineries, and arrested about 501 suspected pipeline vandals and oil thieves.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, who disclosed this in his remarks on Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of 93 operational vehicles for the Corps by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Audi explained that the figure represented achievements of the corps between January and August.
He noted that the specialised operational vehicles would be used to combat potential threats to national security, resulting from felonious acts.
He identified such acts as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, smuggling, pipeline vandalism and other crimes within the coastal and offshore areas.
He explained that the inaugurated vehicles would be deployed to commands and the headquarters, alongside designated special duties.
He warned that any personnel found to connive or compromise national security would face the law court of ethics and the corps’ Standard Operational Procedure for appropriate sanctions.
Audi expressed appreciation to other sister security agencies and stakeholders for their continuous collaboration and cooperations.
Meanwhile, Aregbesola charged the corps to remain intolerant of anything that posed threat to the safety and peace of Nigerians.
He said that the acquisition of the operational vehicles was a proactive step to addressing internal insecurity in the country.
“Utilise and maintain the vehicles to serve their purpose and ensure to train personnel to operate the vehicles,” he said.
According to him, there are challenges of vandalism of critical assets, oil theft, banditry, insurgency, amongst others that must be eliminated.
“The incessant attacks on our Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in particular have become a grievous wound dangerously bleeding the nation’s economy and this must be effectively addressed, checkmated and curbed.
“We shall not relent but must remain focused to eradicate the existence of criminals which is the essence of equipping the corps.
” Aregbesola assured the corps of the Federal Government’s continuous support in repositioning it to maintain the pride of place in ensuring national security.
He called on NSCDC to remain steadfast, urging them to improve in their synergy with the Army, Police and other security agencies.
“NSCDC plays a complementary role so there shouldn’t be rivalry,” he advised.
He further called on officers and men of the corps to imbibe the attitude of civility, compassion and adopt communication methods to engage citizens.
He, however, warned that being civil to citizens shouldn’t deter the corps from being firm but avoid brutality.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has constituted a panel to investigate a viral video of a personnel caught allegedly extorting money from a petroleum marketer in Rivers.
This is contained in a statement by NSCDC spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Monday in Abuja.
The Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi said anyone indicted by the panel will be dealt with decisively.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an NSCDC personnel was caught by a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) extorting money.
He also mandated it to conduct a forensic examination of the trending video, identify those captured and recommend appropriate punishment, in accordance with Public Service Rules.
The CG gave the panel one week to authenticate the video and submit its report.
“I will make scapegoat of these bad elements within the system to serve as deterrent to others like them, if what is seen in that video is correct.
“This is going to be the last time any member of this service will be involved in such heinous crime, enough is enough.
“The Corps is out here leading the fight against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering and some bad eggs within the service are out there sabotaging our efforts, giving us bad names and image,” he said.
Audi reiterated that his administration would never tolerate any act capable of jeopardising public interest and the corps’ mandate of safeguarding critical national assets and infrastructure.
“Any officer caught in violation of the Corps Standard Operating Procedure and Code of Ethics will be decisively dealt with irrespective of rank, status or nativity.
“Only last week, I read the ‘Riot Act’ to all heads of Anti-vandal unit in the Niger Delta region, this time around, I will make sure that anyone dragging our name in the mud is shown the way out,” he said.
Audi reaffirmed the Corps’ commitment to saving the nation from economic saboteurs carting away the nation’s crude oil and other petroleum products.
“Few days ago, we commissioned eight gunboats in Port Harcourt, to wage a full scale war against oil theft and illegal bunkering.
“We will not be deterred from protecting our commonwealth and improving government’s revenue in this sector,” he reassured.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has issued operating licences to 20 Private Guard Companies (PGCs) and warned against the bearing or use of arms.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, in Abuja on Wednesday presented the licences with a stern warning.
Audi said that the licences were issued because they met with the standard of operations after several procedures and scrutiny.
“ The position you occupy is very central and germane to the existence of this country as long as security is concerned.
“This operating licence is not for business profits alone but an opportunity for you to contribute your quota to security,” he said.
He charged PGCs to give timely, credible and reliable intelligence, security reports to the corps for further actions.
“You must turn in intelligence security reports on monthly basis but very important reports should be turned in immediately.
“ Report to the corps all suspicious activities and movements around you.
“No service has monopoly of knowledge to tackle the insecurity the country is currently facing as we must all come together,” he said.
He warned that the corps would not hesitate to tackle PGCs who deviated from the standard of operations.
The CG further warned that operating licences of those who refused to renew would be revoked, stressing that licences were not transferable.
“ Upon close expiry of your licence, you must submit your letter of renewal three months before expiry and must register all staff,” he said.
He directed NSCDC state Commands to accompany PGCs to assignments that might portend danger.
“Trainings must involve the corps and on no account should any PGC change their headquarters or offices without informing the corps,” he warned.
He charged all representatives of PGCs to think of utmost importance of the welfare of staff.
“Underpayment of guards is unacceptable as their welfare should be considered to receive best duty results,” he said.
Dr Wilson Esangbedo, President of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), assured of the association’s continuous collaboration with the corps.
Esangbedo advised PGCs to do everything within their power to protect their licences by following strictly, the regulations guiding their operations.
He further advised that any information that would help security agencies in the fight against criminals, should be reported immediately to avoid it being stale and unuseful.
“When you see something please say something by passing the information to the relevant agencies.
“This is because we are situated in all the LGA in the country and if we do our part we will complement the efforts of the corps,” he said.
Mr Ferdinand Esiegwu, Assistant Commandant General of PGC department, appreciated the CG for revamping the PGC unit of the corps.
Esiegwu said that the operators had been screened and found worthy both in character and training to run the affairs of PGC.
He advised the PGC representatives to put all they learnt from the corps into practice while starting their security operations.
Mr Olumide Ijogun, Managing Director, Desert Storm Ltd, advocated for collaboration as opposed to competition among the security organisations.
He enjoined his colleagues to comply with the regulations set by NSCDC because they were non-negotiable.
He appreciated the corps for the licences and assured that the PGCs would put the security of the country as of utmost importance.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has begun the construction of 550 housing units for its personnel in Sokoto State Command.
A statement by NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu on Monday in Abuja, revealed that the houses were being constructed at Milgoma, close to the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto.
Thr NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, said at the foundation laying ceremony of the houses that the project would address the housing need of officers and men of the Corps in the state.
The CG, represented by the Deputy Commandant General, Administration, Zakari Ningi, added that it was also part of the Corps welfare scheme for the personnel.
Audi said that a Turkish firm, Messrs Projects Limited, were awarded the contract.
“Let me therefore assure you that this is a phased project which will be replicated in all State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.
“It is a deliberate attempt to further enhance productivity and operational efficiency.
”Audi said that the development would make ownership of houses more accessible and affordable to personnel, through easy and convenient payment plan.
He appreciated Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state for his magnanimity and express approval for the land, as well as waiver of payment of compensation to the land owners.
The CG assured more operational efficiency in enhancing security in the state.
He said that the Corps would continue to work closely with the Police, Military and other security agencies to ensure adequate security in state and country at large.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has presented N2.8 million to the family of late Inspector of Corps Ilyasu Abraham, who was killed during kuje’s Correctional Service attack.
This is contained in statement by NSCDC Spokesman, Deputy Commandant of Corps, Olusola Odumosu, on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that late Abraham was killed on July 5, at Kuje Medium Custodial Center when bandits invaded the facility.
Odumosu said that NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi presented a cheque of N2.5 million and cash worth N300,000 to the slain personnel’s wife and daughter.
In addition to the presented sum, Audi assured late Abraham’s daughter, Abimiku Abraham of employment into the Corps during the next recruitment exercise as a way of assisting the family.
He consoled with the family over the loss of their bread winner, saying that the deceased would abe remembered as a hero who died in active serve.
“ The money given to the family is in fulfillment of my promise to ensure that necessary compensation is given to the family in due time.
“ It is also an intervention from the Federal Government and the Corps to assist the deceased family and to cater for some burial expenses,” Audi said.
The CG called on officers, heads of zonal and state commands to work with sister agencies in developing new strategies to tackle Nigeria’s security challenges.
He advised citizens to continue to provide security agencies with useful and timely information to nip criminal activities in the bud.
r> Abuja, July 19, 2022 Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has lauded personnel of the Corps for the display of professionalism during the July 16 governorship election in Osun.
The commendation is contained in a statement issued by NSCDC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Audi said the personnel demonstrated high level of discipline, gallantry, patriotism and commitment in the discharge of their duties during the election.
“I congratulate you all for representing the Corps well and for being good ambassadors at the election.
“Reports at my disposal indicates that none of you was found wanting for political partisanship, compromise, dereliction of duty, molestation, intimidation of voters, abuse of human rights and other forms of electoral offences.
“I commend your level of professionalism and swift responses to pockets of disturbances during the exercise.
“This helped to keep all observed and perceived security threats during the election under control.
“You have done your part and I assure you that, all what is due to you will be given to you once we receive signal from the Federal Government,” he said.
He added that their conduct contributed to the peaceful and rancour free environment which allowed the people of Osun to exercise their franchise.
The CG said that the peaceful conduct of the election was largely due to careful planning, strategic deployment and professional execution of the operational order of the Corps.
He also said there was effective synergy between the corps and other security agencies which resulted to orderly conduct of the election.
The NSCDC boss said that the corps would use the lessons learnt during the Osun election to improve its performance during the 2023 general elections.
“The 2023 general elections will be more challenging, but we shall begin early preparations by embarking on training, workshops and sensitisation of personnel on international best practices during election.
“We shall review our experience on the field and improve where necessary to be able to continue our deployment of the best strategy for promoting our nascent democracy,” Audi said.
The CG encouraged Nigerians to support government to improve the economy and enhance political stability.
“Nigerians should support government’s efforts, abstain from violence, criminalities and all forms of nefarious activities challenging our corporate existence.
“We all have the responsibility of watching over this nation together, let us continue to give credible information to security agencies, so we can always be ahead of the criminals,” he said.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed no fewer than 30,000 personnel to beef up security across the country as Muslim faithful celebrate Eid-el-kabir.This is contained in a statement by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Thursday in Abuja.Odumosu quoted the that the Corps Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, as saying that the massive deployment was to ensure a hitch free celebration.Audi, while addressing heads of various commands, directed that the operatives be deployed strategically to high risk areas.The CG said the deployment was geared towards keeping citizens and critical infrastructure protected during and after the Sallah celebration.“The recent spate of attacks and threats to life and property in the country call for more proactive engagements rather than reactive actions.“ Nigerians deserve a safe and peaceful environment and we must not allow bandits and terrorists to hold us to ransom now or anytime during festivity.“Adequate security will be put in place to safeguard praying grounds, recreation centers, markets, shopping malls, motor parks and all critical national assets and infrastructure,” he said.Audi charged those in riverine areas to deploy necessary equipment such as boats for periodic patrol of the nation’s waterways to beef up security and forestall illegal activities of vandals and oil thieves.According to him, the Corps will not rest until crimes are nipped in the bud and perpetrators brought to justice.He urged citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear as security agencies were prepared to ensure safety and orderliness during the festivity.He, however, called on the public to provide useful Information about suspicious persons or acts that could threaten the peace and stability of the country.He charged Nigerians to seize the occasion to pray for the unity and progress of Nigeria.
Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says the corps is not recruiting for now, but only training its 5,000 new intakes.
The CG said this on Thursday during the Corps’ 2022 second quarter conference in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new recruits are for the 2019 intake, expected to pass out by July 7.
Audi advised applicants not to fall prey to dupes circulating false NSCDC recruitment portals on social media platforms.
He warned that anyone involved in such scam was liable to face the law once apprehended.
The CG also announced the establishment of a new squad tagged “Transport Marshals”, saddled with the responsibility of providing physical security to Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure.
Audi said that the Corps, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, agreed to take the proactive step to secure the country’s marine, aviation, railway and road transportation sectors’ infrastructure, including bus terminals among others.
He charged all state Commandants to select no fewer than 20 young vibrant, smart, committed and healthy personnel to be trained for the new squad.
“The Corps will select the first set of personnel who will be made to undergo three months intensive training at the first instance.
“This is to adequately prepare them for the task ahead as we take proactive steps towards addressing the spate of insecurity in the country,” he said.
The CG further said that from April to June, NSCDC Special Intelligence Squad had arrested over 200 suspected criminals in different parts of the country.
“They have in turn handed over suspected vandals and oil thieves to the various state Commands for further investigation and appropriate prosecution,” he said.
He tasked officers on the need to work hard in gathering intelligence reports and prompt supply of information for further action.
According to him, over 500 junior personnel are currently undergoing arms training.
He said that it was important for every security personnel to identify rifles and be able to use them.
The NSCDC boss said that the corps continued to map out new strategies to secure Nigerians and adequately protect critical national assets and infrastructure.(