Defence & Security

Oyo NSCDC deploys 2,300 personnel ahead Eid-El-Fitri celebration

By Alex Olise

•    As Lagos command tasks citizens on civility, safety, others

The Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it has deployed 2,300 personnel for this year’s Eid-El-Fitri celebrations The Trumpet gathered.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC Okuneye Oyindamola, adding that the Corps Commandant (CC), Adaralewa Michael, while deploying the personnel, praised the spirit of sacrifice and resilience displayed by the Muslim faithful in the state during the period of Ramadan.

The statement further noted that the Commandant congratulated the Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan and prayed that Allah will bless the immense sacrifice that was made. He urged the citizens to keep hope alive and to celebrate Eid-El-Fitri moderately while felicitating with each other.

The NSCDC boss stressed further on the modality that officers and men of the Corps are deployed, saying that tactical units, such as disaster management, counter-terrorism unit, Female Special Squad, Agro-Rangers, Armed Squad, CNAI, Intelligence Department, CBRNE Unit and others within the corps will be positioned at various Eid praying grounds, relaxation centers, malls, pipeline areas, telecommunication mast, and all Federal, State and Local Government properties and infrastructures across Oyo State.

He also ordered that the Command ambulance be stationed on the highways in case of any disaster occurrence.

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Commandant Adaralewa also called on all Divisional Officers to monitor the activities of officers deployed to all the flash spots within their jurisdictions.

He assured the citizens that the Command’s readiness to work with other sister agencies in order to secure and protect the lives and properties of the good people of Oyo State before, during and after the Eid el-Fitr Celebration.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Command of the NSCDC has called on citizens in the State to be civil, safety-minded, practice intellectualism and give room for attitudinal change.

The Commandant of the State, Eweka Douglas Okoro, made a clarion call during a conference, organised by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), under the Civic Space Guard Project of the centre, with the theme ‘Hushed voices and the media’s defence of the civic space.’

The Commandant, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Corps I (ASCI), Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, at the conference, called on the civil populace to timely, channel whatsoever genuine grievances they may have through the security agencies and other relevant government agencies, in a bid to avoid needless or avoidable security breaches and economic sabotages by criminals or miscreants, who oftentimes seize such opportunity to turn viable and peaceful civic spaces into a criminal hub.

He said, “civility, safety, attitudinal change and intellectualism, amongst others are the tools needed to ensure a free and safe civic space, in our dear nation, Nigeria.”

He opined that above all interests, Nigeria should be first, adding that the safety of our dear citizens should not be thrown into the wild wind.

The event, which was moderated by a seasoned journalist, Bukola Samuel – Wemimo, also featured emphatic and realistic statements from the Executive Director/CEO, WSCIJ, Motunrayo Alaka and the following panellists; Superintendent of Police (SP) Benjamin Hundeyin, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lagos Police Command, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as ‘Mr Macaroni,’ Inibehe Effiong, Principal Counsel Inibehe Effiong Chambers, Olukunle Akinrinade, Head, Weekend Crime Desk, The Nation Newspaper, Victoria Ibezim – Ohaeri, Executive Director Spaces for Change as well as SP Matilda Umiha Ngbaronye, Divisional Officer, Ilupeju Police Station and  Juliana Francis, the Programme Manager, WSCIJ.

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