Rivers State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Michael Ogar, has said the command has deployed over 1600 officers and men to provide adequate security before, during and after the Sallah celebration.
Ogar who disclosed this in a strategic security briefing with the management staff and 23 local government area divisional officers at the state headquarters said security reports are fundamental and indispensable in order to combat the spate of insecurity in the nation especially in a crucial time like this.
The commandant said that the Divisional officers must work very closely with churches, mosques and traditional rulers in their respective local government area in order to gather credible intelligence and information needed to forestall crime across the state.
“It is a notable fact that criminal minded persons do take advantage of festive seasons to perpetrate their nefarious acts, we must be on top of the game in safeguarding of critical national assets and infrastructure and provisions of adequate security for the good people of Rivers State.
“The Command Antivandal Squad has been fully briefed on the need to secure the waterways and effect massive arrests of those dealing illegally in petroleum products. “Our Intelligence and Undercover team, Counter Terrorism and Arms Squad are to be on red alert; we must justify the trust and confidence of the public in us by discharging our duties with all sense of responsibility and commitment”, the Commandant charged the personnel.
He further said that the Command would synergize with respective stakeholders and sister agencies in curbing all forms of criminal activities in the State and assured the good people of Rivers State that the Eid-el-kabir celebration would be hitch free.
The Commandant also advised parents and guardians on the need to caution their wards against unlawful association and enjoined the public to report all suspicious movement of criminals to the NSCDC and other security agencies.
While wishing the Muslim faithful happy Eid -el- Kabir, Ogar reaffirmed his commitment to anti-vandalism war insisting that perpetrators of illegal dealings in petroleum products would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.