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NSCDC suspends two operatives for harassing medical doctor



Authorities of the Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has suspended two of its operatives for harassing a medical doctor in Yenegoa, the state capital.

Their suspension came after the conclusion of an investigation into an allegation that two of its operatives harassed a medical doctor, Bekewari Sampou, by shooting at his car.

The incident, which happened on April 28, this year, involving two civil operatives, Akpoghomhe Jude and Ogodo Richman, had generated public concern.


The uproar that followed the incident necessitated the setting up of a seven-man committee, headed by NSCDC’s Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department, Anyanwu G.C., with the mandate to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The state Commandant, Desmond Agu, said following the report of the committee, Akpoghomhe was indicted and subsequently suspended from service.

Agu spoke at the Command’s headquarters in Yenagoa when a Pan-African group, Initiative for Positive Influence on African Youth (IPIAY) bestowed him with a distinguished leadership merit award.

He said the corps would never condone indiscipline, especially the misuse of firearms by its officers and men.

He said following the meeting between the executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association and the NSCDC, the corps resolved to compensate the victim.

Agu warned officers and men of the corps to desist from any act that could tarnish the image of NSCDC.

The commandant said it was an honour to be remembered for an award by IPIAY, whose membership cut across most African countries.

Earlier, IPIAY’s Head of Mission, David Christophe, described Agu as a rare gem, administrative icon, a man of outstanding understanding and a true son of Africa.

Christophe, a Togolese, who led Kwase Kudjoe (Ghana), Esther Okeke (Cameroun), Gabriel Kamoya (Kenya), Semira Ikhina (Benin Republic) and Paul Mathew (Nigeria) to give the commandant’s office, said the group was founded to identify selfless leaders, whose styles were in line with Pan-Africanism and encourage them.

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