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Yuletide: NSCDC deploys 25,000 personnel



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has deployed 25,000 personnel to protect lives and critical infrastructure across the nation during the yuletide.

CSC Babawale Afolabi, National Public Relations Officer of the corps, in Abuja on Sunday, said the Commandant-General of the corps, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has directed all the Assistant Commandant General and the Commandant of the Corps in Charge of the Zonal and State Commands to ensure strategic and adequate deployment of officers and men of the Corps to ensure peaceful and hitch-free celebrations during the Christmas and New Year festive period.

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He called for the implementation of comprehensive operational strategies, robust and elaborate security arrangements throughout the country.

According to the statement, “in the areas of our core mandate will be the guide with massive deployment of overt and covert officers to all the locations of government critical infrastructure and national assets such as oil pipelines, electrical installations, airports, railway stations, and other government buildings among others.”

It said the Safe School Initiative Project will not be left out with the Special Rapid Response Squad, and the Female Squad will continue with their round-the-clock protection of the schools nationwide to prevent any form of attack or kidnapping.

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It charged the senior officers to ensure that personnel deployed were adequately supervised for the utmost professionalism in discharging their duties.

The statement warned officers to carry out their assigned duties with the utmost professionalism and adhere strictly to the rule of engagement, as any officer found wanting would be properly dealt with.

The CG appeals to the officers on duty to intensify the collaboration with other security agencies to ensure hitch-free celebrations, just as it charged the general public to be law-abiding and security conscious and support security personnel by reporting any criminal activities and elements promptly.

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While congratulating the Christian faithful and other members of the public, the CG urged Christians to celebrate the symbolic anniversary of Christ’s birth and expressed profound appreciation for their total support to the Corps in their fight against crimes and criminal elements.