NSCDC deploys 5000 to secure churches, mosques
NO fewer than 5000 personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been deployed to the North-East region of the country to secure places of worship, mainly churches and mosques from perceived attacks from Boko Haram insurgents during the festive period.
Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammed, revealed this when he accompanied the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau on an inspection tour of the permanent site of the NSCDC in Sauka, along Airport road in Abuja.
Muhammed told the minister that 3,800 men had already been deployed at the instance of the Nigerian army, adding that an additional 1, 200 will be deployed by the end of next week to meet up with the number requested by the Nigerian army.
According to him, the officers drafted to the region will secure areas that have been liberated by the Nigerian army and “aside providing adequate security in the region, the officers will secure places of worship and critical government assets,” he said.
While addressing the officers and men of the Corps, the minister said, “You have come a long way and a lot is expected of you. This is the time that the country needs you, especially in the areas of peace building in the Northeast, to stabilise the areas that have been freed by the Nigerian army. You must rededicate yourselves to training so as to perfect your responsibilities. I have no doubt that you are capable”.
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