By Precious Ukeje
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Anambra State has deployed not less than 1,936 personnel to combat insecurity in the state.
In a release, 30th March, 2021, ASC I, Okadigbo Edwin, Public Relations Officer of the Command, said the personnel were deployed as part of the corps’ arrangements to checkmate heightened insecurity during the celebration of Easter.
Fides recalls that of late the security situation in Anambra State had deteriorated, drawing condemnations from the populace, prompting the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to issue a stern warning to criminals and those causing unrest in several parts of the state.
The situation was further worsened by the activities of cultists who clashed with security of agents, and further necessitating calls for a rejigging of the security system in the state.
In response to the situation, the NSCDC spokesman, Okadigbo, disclosed that the State Commandant of NSCDC, Anambra State Command, Comdt. David Bill, FCIA, had assured the people of Anambra of the Command’s readiness to perform its statutory responsibility of protection of the life and property of innocent citizens in the state during the Easter Celebration.
‘To this effect, the State Commandant has ordered the deployment of One Thousand, nine hundred and thirty-six officers and men, drawn from the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU); Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear and Energy Unit (CBRNE); Disaster Response Unit; Medical Crisis Management Unit; Special Force; Anti-Vandalism Unit and Critical Protection Unit (CIPU), to ensure adequate protection during and after the Easter Celebration,’ Okadigbo said.
He further disclosed that the Command would also collaborate with other sister security agencies in the Joint Task Force (JTF) robust patrol to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free celebration.
Okadigbo said that personnel deployed for the assignment had been put under the strict instruction of the Commandant of the Corps to be civil, act within the ambit of the extant laws, be firm and display high level of professionalism in dealing with the members of the public in the discharge of their duties.
He restated the Command’s resolve to deal with hoodlums, miscreants and others it described as disgruntled elements that may attempt to cause break down of law and order before, during and after the festive period.
The Corps then advised parents and guardians to be security conscious, and to caution their wards to be law abiding; while Comdt. Bille, extended regards to all Christian faithful and other residents in the state as they marked the year’s Easter celebration, urging them to cooperate with NSCDC and other sister security agencies in their efforts towards ensuring peaceful celebration and to equally report any suspicious actions/movement to the nearest corps’ formation for necessary action.