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Lagos NSCDC deploys 2,000 personnel to protect critical national assets, infrastructure

By ALEX OLISE

Consequent upon the declaration of public holidays by the Federal Government, to mark this year’s Easter celebration, the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Edenabu Okoro, has deployed two thousand officers and men to ensure adequate security and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure in the state, before, during and after the celebration.

The Commandant disclosed that it is germaine to turn on the eagle eye of security during festival celebrations as such, and at all times.

He said, “This effort, which is pragmatically strategic, will further help to rid of criminals and utterly eradicate the nefarious activities of vandals and other criminal elements that could be inimical to the economic growth and development of the state.

Okoro, in a bid to ensure peace, tranquility and the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure; which include oil and gas pipelines, communication cables, rail stations, electrical cables and power installations, local and international airports and other property belonging to the Federal, State and Local Governments, amongst other critical assets, in the state, internationalised and institutionalised new operational strategies in the State Command Headquarters, Area Commands, Divisional Offices, Rights of way and other tactical formations of the Command.

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He went further to elucidate the significance of the Standard Operational Procedures(SOP), to the Head of Departments, Head of Units in the Command, six Area Commanders, twenty Divisional Officers, thirtyseven officers-in-charge (OCs) of sub-divisions and outposts, Unit and Tactical Commanders.

He also expediently charged the officers to bring the right and appropriate impetus on board to protect all strategic locations, points, facilities, rights of way, oil pipeline installations, religious and worship centres, parks and gardens and all assets belonging to the Federal, State and Local Governments of Nigeria, in the state, before, during and after the celebration, through the use of robust intelligence gathering and processing, intensive patrols of land and creeks, physical and psychological, crime prevention mechanisms, Quick Intervention Squad approach (QIS), propagation of the school safety initiative through the Special Female Squad (SFS), to safeguard children during the event and collective security approach.

The Commandant, while congratulating the Christian faithful in the state, over this year’s Easter celebration, warned the officers and men deployed to various places in the state, to be on the alert as they discharge their duties without fear or favour of any kind.

He further charged the officers and men deployed to remain professional, competent, respect the rights and privileges of the civil populace, in the course of discharging their duties, before, during and after the celebration.

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