By Palma Ileye
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, FCT Commandant, Mr Olusola Odumosu has said that officers and men of the Command were dedicated to actively confront and combat vandals in the FCT.
Odumosu in a press release issued yesterday by ASCI Okomanyi Comfort, CDPRO, FCT Command said this while flagging-off a Three-day capacity building workshop for 280 personnel on arms bearing to foster service delivery.
He said that officers and men of the Command were ready to take the fight against criminals to their doorstep as he charged personnel to be firm when dealing with vandals and miscreants.
“While being civil in your approach, duty and operations, I also encourage you to be firm on criminals because FCT is not the place for them.
“At the end of the training we are going to strategise in such a way that residents of the FCT will know about the existence of NSCDC FCT command.
“Because we are going to take the fight to the door steps of all criminals, scavengers, vandals and all who make life unbearable for residents,” he said.
The FCT NSCDC helmsman said that the trained personnel were drawn from Area Commands, Divisional Offices, Departments and Units of the Command.
He further said that after the training, trained officers and men will be deployed to strategic areas to carry out some strategic security assignments.
“The training couldn’t have come at a better time than this in view of the various security challenges we are experiencing in the Territory.
“I find it necessary to organize this training and retraining programme such that it would refresh our skills and ability to deliver on the mandate given to us,” he said.
The Commandant reiterated the Commandant General’s Ahmed Audi’s commitment to ensure better service delivery through training and re-training of personnel.
Odumosu warned against accidental discharge, adding that bearing arms does not give any personnel the right to humiliate or harass any member of the public.
“I will not condone any form of accidental discharge from anyone so anyone who is trigger happy should have a rethink because this is not the place to be.
“You must observe the rules of engagement anytime you are on duty and obey the words of command, the use of discretion when necessary is allowed but not at the detriment of the people you are meant to protect,” he warned.
He recalled that the Command had carried out various security patrols which had resulted in the arrest of no fewer than 85 scavengers, miscreants and criminals who hide under the pretense of being destitute to carry out nefarious activities.