Civil Defence Commandant-General escapes ‘assassination’

Ade Abolurin, Commandant General, NSCDC

The commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ade Abolurin, came close to being shot Friday by a rampaging police officer who challenged him for conducting anti-vandalism inspection at sites manned by the police, a spokesperson for the corps said.

Mr. Abolurin was in Lagos for an inspection but managed to escape after the officer, a police inspector, threatened to open fire on his team for daring to conduct the checks at the site, the corps said.

The inspection team comprised officials from the army, the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and the Office of the Attorney-General.

The team were members of a government committee on anti-vandalism constituted by the government, and chaired by the civil defence boss.

A spokesperson for civil defence, Emmanuel Okeh, said the attack occurred at Ikorodu, Lagos after the arrest of suspected vandals and oil thieves who were in possession of petroleum products in jerry cans.

Mr. Okeh said those arrested contacted the police, soon after the arrival of the commandant general and his team, a police team reached the scene in an unmarked danfo bus.

He said a police inspector, brandishing an AK47 riffle, challenged Mr. Abolurin and made it clear to him the police were in charge, and he had no business visiting the site.

Attempts by members of the committee to caution the officer was rebuffed, Mr. Okeh said.

But the police denied that its officers attacked or threatened the commandant-general.

A spokesperson for the Lagos State police, Lelme Kolle, told PREMIUM TIMES it could not be true that a police officer would attack a convoy of armed civil defence personnel and soldiers.

“It is a complete lie. It is not true. It is a concocted story,” said Mr. Kolle.

Mr. Kolle said a police anti-vandalism team only stopped a convoy of 10 cars that was headed to the site and sought to know whether the occupants had cleared with the police before visiting the site.

Asked why a commandant –general of the Civil Defence would require police clearance to carry out his statutory anti-vandalism assignments, Mr. Kolle said it was possible the police operatives did not know that Mr. Abolurin was on of the visiting team.

The civil defence has come under attacks in the past at the hands overzealous police officers.

In 2013, two personnel of the anti-vandal squad of the Lagos state command of NSCDC- Gabriel Adaji and Innocent Akegbe- were shot dead by the police.

“It is however unclear if the suspected officer was working on a written script by a superior authority or just acting in his own capacity as a vandal in uniform,” Civil Defence spokesperson, Mr. Okey, said in a statement.

“What is however clear is that, this is the umpteenth time that officers and men of the corps has been brazenly harassed, molested, assassinated or maimed by officers of the Nigeria police in recent time in the cause of carrying out their legitimate assignments.”


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  • Dan Fulani

    This is not caused by corruption but by stealing. Up Jonny.

  • Olayinka

    Abeg, how one police man go attack a whole convoy full of armed military men?

  • Solaside

    This Abolurin, should henceforth be addressed “His royal Highness” he has been Commandant since forever. How many IGPs have come and gone, he remained there, maybe his son will take over soon.

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Compare what you wrote and the composition of the piece written by the reporter. Must you continue showing your warp ignorance in the public?

  • Thepeople

    The whole place is in chaos. Anyone can sow a uniform for himself and do what he likes in the name of one security organisation or the other.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    Who God has blessed no one can curse. When you’re trying to block police source of income you’re in for it. Corruption will continue to linger until police define and work with integrity to serve the nation well.

  • progress

    We are going out with our entire family of voting age to cast our vote for Buhari! We trust him to stay true to high principle and we trust him to lead by personal example, while also selecting the best of the best to help run the affairs of Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.
    Sai Buhari!

  • kinsly

    Nice one Bola Tinubu. No insults, no abuse just facts and on point. Its not left for Nigerian voters to make whatever choice they so desire.

  • Mosaku 147

    Asiwaju ni yin lo tor. Be assured I will cast my vote tomorrow and will remain there to protect it without fear. Whatever they like,let them do.i am not afraid of them.

  • MC

    Would have been a very good write-up. The well-paid ghost writer has done his best but still failed to clean up the mess as is obviously his intention. He aimed to neuro-linguistically, stealthily, scrounge the psyche of gullible crop of the electorates. Well, he might still succeed since there are dafts. The article reads like a friend’s letter; it’s a song. Lullaby. Symphonious, albeit like that of the famed pied piper, whose grand plot would be to eventually steal away children when he wouldn’t gain material gratification.

    Having learnt in the schools of hard knocks, we, the oft forgetful, long suffering masses ought to know that this article is aimed at goading us into voting Tinubu and co-horts into power so that like Lagos, where his daughter is the ‘Market Master General’, where he tolls the road, owns Oriental Sun, Tejuosho Market, Falomo, The Nation, First Nation etc, Nigeria would be in his pocket.

    Tinubu, in this age, there are agents of Light whose aim is to liberate humanity from dogmatisms and from people like you whose orgiastic crave for material acquisition and control of humanity know no bounds.

    Tinubu, you can’t pluck the moon. You can never snatch away Nigeria!

  • Churchill Roosevelt

    I salute your courage and steadfastness from the days of NADECO fighting for true democracy and good governance.Nlè òmò Oduduwa.A true disciple of Awolowo.

    It shall not be in vain.