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NSCDC affirms commitment to anti-vandalism as Tambuwal hands over Rivers Command

By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) Rivers State Command has reiterated her unwavering commitment to the fight against oil theft, illegal oil bunkering and illegal dealings in petroleum products in Rivers State.

While signing the handover notes at the Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt the newly promoted Assistant Commandant General Abu Tambuwal expressed overwhelming joy and fulfilment in pursuant of the Corps mandate with a renewed vigour to combat all acts involving the operation of  illegal refineries, vandalism of oil pipelines and all human activities leading to environmental degradation, pollution and economic sabotage.

ACG Tambuwal said his handing over of the Command to the Second in Command (2ic) is in tandem with the directive of the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, who is wholly committed to rejig and reposition the Corps for effective service delivery in safeguarding the nation’s critical national assets and infrastructure as well as the protection of lives and properties.

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“Sequel to the Commandant General’s directive being informed by the promotion of some State Commandants to the rank of Assistant Commandant General; I hereby handover the leadership of the NSCDC Rivers State Command to the second in Command (2iC); Deputy Commandant, Claire Okpo, who will continue the day to day running of the Command’s affairs in acting capacity until a substantive State Commandant is deployed from the National Headquarters.

“All Officers and men are to give her maximum cooperation as she discharge her duties with courage, fairness and justice.  I assure you that the fight against vandalism and all acts constituting sabotage to our economy as a nation will continue relentlessly. My message to illegal oil dealers and those operating local refineries is that they should desist from such unscrupulous businesses, look for a legitimate venture or face arrest and prosecution by the law.”

The acting State Commandant, DC Claire Okpo, has assured the people of Rivers State that the Command under her watch will continue to keep the flag flying without relenting; she called on the public to furnish the NSCDC Rivers State Command with sustained intelligence report needed to nip in the bud all acts of criminalities.

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