Breaking: Civil defense begins psychological test for all personnel




The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDCD) Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has directed the Forensic Psychology unit of the Corps to work out a timetable for the security profiling and psychological test of all personnel of the agency as part of efforts to guide against occurrences misbehaving.

The directive came following the Gombe state incidence at the weekend where an NSCDC officer’s vehicle ran into a procession of Boys Brigade members, killed nine persons while some others injured.

In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja by the Corps spokesman, Okeh Emmanuel, said the NSCDC boss regreted the incidence.

“He (Commandant General) has also directed the Forensic Psychology unit of the Corps to work out the timetable for the security profiling and psychological test of all personnel of the Corps against future occurrences.

“Apart from the testing to re-examine the psychological and physical stability of personnel, he noted that the Corps will embark in massive training and retraining programs for all personnel irrespective of the Cadre in line with global best practice.”

The statemebt said the NSCDC boss in his condolence message to the family of the bereaved, the Government of Gombe state and the Church members, stated that he regretted the incidence and asked the people to be calm assuring that “justice will prevail.

“The incidence have no religious correlation and that the personnel in question was not on official duty and the vehicle involved was his personal car and cannot be misconstrued to be a planned action. He therefore cautioned against misinterpretation of incidence such as this to avoid mayhem and reprisal attack. He stated that, ‘it’s quite unfortunate and should be termed as an act of God.’

“Nonetheless, he had sent delegation of senior officers from the Headquarters led by Dr Emmanuel Adeoye, Deputy Commandant General in charge of Crisis Management to visit and pay condolences to the Government of Gombe State, the Church and the bereaved families.”

Gana also warned personnel to be cautious in dealing with the public, saying anyone found culpable will be held liable to whatever offence committed “as the Corps will not take responsibility for any indecent action of any personnel.”

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