The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two men for allegedly extorting candidates registering for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Hammed Abodunrin, stated this at a press conference in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Abodunrin said that the suspects were arrested in Abeokuta on Wednesday following a tip-off from members of the public.
According to him, the suspects run an illegal Conputer-Based Test (CBT) centre and charge the sum of N5,000 for sale of forms and registration of candidates instead of the stipulated amount of N4, 700.
He explained that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had at an interactive session with stakeholders at the NSCDC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday frowned at such extortion.
Abodunrin said that charging above the stipulated N4,700 for the 2020 UTME registration was illegal, noting that it was an act of fraud and corruption.
“If the Federal Government is trying to lessen the burden on candidates and parents, nobody has the right to increase it,” he said.
Abodunrin said if the development was not curbed, candidates would continue to be extorted and forced to pay whatever amount was dictated by such illegal agents.
The commandant, who said that the suspects would be prosecuted after the conclusion of investigations, noted that the arrest would serve as deterrent to others.
He urged candidates and parents to speak out and report such cases of extortion to NSCDC and other security agencies.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo)
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
NSCDC arrests 19 suspected rapists in Kaduna
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State Command, says it has arrested 19 suspected rapists in the state between August and September .
The Command Public Relations Officer, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe, made the disclosure in a media briefing at the command’s headquarters on Friday in Kaduna.
The suspects were arrested for alleged defiling and raping minors.
Terzungwe said, “in a bid to control increasing incidences of child defilement and rape, we in the NSCDC, Kaduna state command, have arrested no fewer than 19 suspected rapists from August to date.
“You may wish to note that our command which always seeks for support and collaboration from the public, is overwhelmingly grateful due to the positive responses so far.
“In view of the support received, we are gathered here at this moment to showcase the result of our collaboration with the good and law abiding people of the state and to seek for more.”
He said some of the rape cases were brought to the attention of the corps by the Ministry of Human Services, Civil Society Organisations, Kaduna Vigilance Service and individuals.
“Unfortunately, all of these cases involve minors who became victims of randy suspects,” he said.
According to him, results of some tests carried out on some victims at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) have revealed complications due to the dastardly acts.
He explained that 18 of the cases are in court, with high tendency that the suspects would be eventually convicted.
Terzungwe added that the remaining case was being investigated and the suspect would be charged to court after completion of the investigation.
“It is worrisome that despite legislative measures put in place by the state government to punish perpetrators of this evil act, many people still indulge in it.
“We in the corps are highly displeased with rising incidences of child defilement and rape in the state and will do everything legally possible to control same.
“It is hoped that as we remain resilient in discharging our duties to control this menace and other crimes, we will record high successes, especially with the recent approval of castration and Bilateral Salpingectomy for male and females respectively and death by the state assembly,” he said.
Terzungwe urged people of the state to continue with their support, in order to end all forms of criminality including banditry and kidnapping.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Edo Election: NSCDC deploys 13, 311 personnel for security operations
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says no fewer than 13, 311 of its personnel from across 10 states were deployed to Edo for Saturday governorship election.
Deputy Commandant General (DCG), Madu Kelechi, in charge of operations disclosed this in Benin on Friday while briefing newsmen on the corps preparedness for the Edo election.
Madu said that of the figure, about 7,331 personnel would be fully involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.
He explained that the core mandate of the NSCDC was disaster management and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.
He added that the corps could not afford to leave the critical national assets in the state vulnerable to saboteurs because of the election, hence the deployment of some personnel to man the assets.
The DCG further disclosed that the corps would be working in synergy with the police as the lead security agency for the election as well as other sister security agencies.
He maintained that the corps was prepared, adding that after the preparation, some personnel like those from the counter terrorism and the intelligence units were deployed upfront for the election.
He also said that the personnel deployed have been trained at the corps headquarters in Abuja as well as by the NCDC on what to do as the election would be conducted in line with the COVID-19 principles.
He further said that the corps had sensitised the personnel on behavior as well as how to handle situation especially vote buying.
Madu listed the states from which the personnel were drawn from to include Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz