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Minister charges officers to hunt down perpetrators of Owo Massacre

•Decorates nine newly promoted DCGs of NSCDC, Immigration

By Paul Michael

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola, has charged officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the Owo church massacre are brought to book.

Aregbosola gave the charge while decorating five new Deputy Commandant Generals of the NSCDC alongside four of their counterparts from the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board, Abuja.

While congratulating the newly decorated officers on their elevation, the Minister who doubles as the Chairman, Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), charged the nine newly confirmed DCGs to see their promotion as a call to higher service. The Trumpet Gathered

He advised them to provide quality leadership in their various services by leveraging their wealth of experience to play extraordinary roles in their agencies, noting that their acceleration has come at the most challenging time in Nigeria’s history.

According to Aregbesola, threats arising from insecurity perpetrated by those he described as enemies of the country require experienced players like the crop of newly decorated DCGs to deal with the problem decisively.

He expressed confidence in their capabilities considering the local and international training and exposure they have had over the years, which, has bestowed on them the required knowledge and skills to solve the myriads of security challenges in the country today.

The Minister said, “We must put an end to all criminals playing with the intelligence of the Nigerian state. You have no excuse whatsoever not to perform going by the level of training you have received both locally and internationally.

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“I charge you to launch your arsenals against the perpetrators of Owo church attack, play a direct role and not a complementary role but synergize with other security agencies to fish the criminals out and let’s bring them to justice.”

He further admonished the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, to use his instruments of grassroots penetration and Intelligence to unearth the heartless criminals and effect the necessary arrest of the nefarious elements attacking innocent citizens and disturbing the peace of the nation.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, remarked that the promotion of the DCGs was guided by extant laws and regulations after thorough screening and urged the officers to deploy their experience in the attainment of their agencies’ mandates because the Interior Ministry has recognition for dedication, patriotism, efficiency amongst other considerations.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Honourable Commissioner in charge of Appointment and Promotion, Major General Etim Bassey (Rtd), said the criteria considered for the elevation of the DCGs who represent different geopolitical zones include written examinations, oral interviews, merit, seniority and annual performance appraisal.

Responding at the end of the ceremony, the Commandant General, Dr Audi, thanked the Minister of Interior, the Permanent Secretary and the Management of the Board for confirming the DCGs, stressing that the service will not disappoint the ministry of interior and by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Audi charged the newly confirmed DCGs to improve their performance in order to achieve the vision and mission of the Corps.

He commended the Minister for his leadership style and for always bringing all the agencies under his purview together to refocus their operational lenses through constant mentoring and support, noting that such action promotes cohesion, a sense of belonging, determination for success and above all, motivation for all personnel of the agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

Among the DCGs decorated for NSCDC were DCG Nnamdi Ikechukwu Nwinyi, DCG Bassey O. Bassey, DCG Zakari Ibrahim Ningi, DCG Cladius Yakubu, and DCG Dauda Danladi Mungadi.

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