The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has ordered the deployment of over 20, 000 personnel of the corps to provide security during the Easter celebrations.
Addressing newsmen Thursday in Abuja, Audi said the deployment was necessary considering the security challenges beclouding the country.
“I would like to assure Nigerians of a hitch free Easter celebration. And to also say that the NSCDC will be out there to deal with any cases of insecurity that might arise.
“Our people will be stationed in strategic areas to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.
“I have directed the deployment of over 20,000 personnel across the country to provide safety and security for Nigerians as they celebrate this occasion.
“I have also directed that the personnel must be up and doing. They must also be assigned to our relaxation spots and I have also detected the deployment of coverts operatives. They will mingle, mix and dine with civilians in various places. These people will provide information for us. I would also like to say to Nigerians that security is everybody’s responsibility and that when you see something, say something. I know that my men are everywhere by the Grace of God.
Speaking further on Agro-Rangers Unit, which is the latest addition to the mandates of the Corps, he said the unit will be repackaged and rebranded.
“We shall fortify the rangers with adequate training and re-training programmes to key into the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure food security and banish hunger in the country, by protecting and securing farmers and their investments from incessant attacks by bandits, cattle rustlers, terrorists and other criminals,” said the NSCDC boss.
Dr. Audi, who promised to invest heavily in human capital development, added that he will surround himself with a team of experts, professionals and a think-tank that will spearhead the digitalization process of the Corps.