Yuletide: NSCDC deploys 4,000 personnel to Abuja churches, others

The Commandant of the Federal Capital Territory chapter of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Peter Maigari, has announced the deployment of 4,000 personnel, across the FCT, to ensure hitch-free celebrations during the festivities.

In a statement made available to the press on Thursday, and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, Okomanyi Comfort, the Commandant revealed that the officers were deployed to cover strategic areas like places of worship, recreational facilities, markets, shopping malls, parks, gardens, and suspected flashpoints, to beef up security and protect critical national assets and infrastructures, and to guide against unwanted activities of criminal elements during the festivities.

Amongst the 4,000 deployed officers, are personnel from the Rapid Response team, Special Squad, Female Squad, Counter Terrorism Unit, Armed Squad, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosive team, and the Intelligence Unit.

Maigari charged them to be extra vigilant and to discharge their statutory responsibility with all diligence. He added that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Abubakar Audi, and the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bello, had given him a marching order, to continue the arrest of violators of the law, as well as vandals of manholes and other critical national assets.

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“We will spare no effort in carrying out the order, there will be no slackness in safeguarding lives and properties in the territory,” he said.

He also revealed that the second phase of the G7 operation has commenced in earnest, adding that the operation which had been activated simultaneously in the bordering states of the FCT, such as Niger, Kogi, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states, and in collaboration with other sister agencies, was to take measures to secure and prevent miscreants from entering the territory.

While assuring residents of the commitment of the NSCDC, and sister agencies to ensure the safety of lives and properties, Maigari called for the support of security personnel and enjoined the public, to report any suspicious movement or activities of individuals, groups or persons to the nearest security post while also charging everyone to be security conscious as security is everyone’s business.

He also felicitated the FCT residents and wished everyone peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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