NSCDC, Nigerian Navy, to Partner in Protecting Critical National Assets, Infrastructure in Anambra

By Jude Atupulazi

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, is to collaborate with its Navy counterpart to protect some critical national assets and fight against illegal oil dealings, facility vandalism, among others in Anambra State.

The newly deployed NSCDC Commandant in Anambra State, Mr Edwin Osuala, stated this in continuation of his visit to service commanders in the state.

Comdt. Osuala made the call last Wednesday when he visited Navy Captain Godfrey Osuobeni, the Naval Commander, Nigerian Navy Outpost, Onitsha.

This was contained in a press release signed by DSC Edwin Okadigbo, Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Anambra State Command.

Osuala said his visit was premised on the need for NSCDC, as the lead agency in charge of protection of critical national assets and infrastructure to cement what he described as the long-term existing relationship with the Nigerian Navy, which, he said, remained a critical partner in the fight against illegal dealings in petroleum products.

His words, ‘I am here to seek your support in our desire as the lead agency saddled with the responsibility to protect oil pipelines and other critical national assets and infrastructure from vandalism. But I may not be able to do it alone if I don’t bring other services on board to work in tandem with our mandate; that is why in here to align forces with you.’

Comdt. Osuala emphasized NSCDC’s determination to rid the nooks and crannies of the state off crime in collaboration with other sister security agencies through sharing of intelligence, joint operations and capacity building for effective result.

For his part, Capt. Osuobeni stressed the need for stronger synergy among security agencies in the war against criminal minded persons sabotaging the nation’s economy through illegal petroleum bunkering.

He assured that the Nigerian Navy would continue to work with NSCDC to stop all criminal and economic saboteurs from attacking the country’s critical infrastructure.

While wishing the new NSCDC state helmsman well in his new assignment, Osuobeni commended him for the visit with the assurances of the Naval Outpost to close ranks with the NSCDC on operational support, logistics and other areas to enhance its operations.

The visit ended with discussions on future projections and collaboration opportunities.