Civil Defence trains personnel on counter-terrorism

The evolving wave of insecurity in the country, exacerbated by the rising insurgent activities of the extremist sect, Boko Haram, in recent times, may have prompted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to consider ways it could help curb the menace.

The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Ade Abolurin, said part of the strategies being considered include deploying some of his personnel to military formations across the country to train on weapon handling.

Mr. Abolurin warned officers and men of the corps who participated in the just-concluded intensive training programme on combating insurgency action, anti-terrorism and anti- vandalism at the Nigeria Military base camp Kachia, Kaduna State, to be upright in the discharge of their official responsibilities, particularly concerning indiscriminate killing of innocent people through accidental discharge, saying such must be avoided as much as possible.

“There is nothing like accidental discharge, but ‘accidental error,” he said. “You must extra care not to make mistakes in the handling of ammunitions in your possession.”

Mr. Abolurin advised the officers and men to try to differentiate between real criminals and presumed criminals, pointing out that carrying of arms was not a justification for harassing and intimidating innocent citizens they are paid to protect.

He assured Nigerians that his corp was prepared to enable a peaceful nation, as government is committed to training and re-training of the NSCDC personnel to help them in the effective discharge of their roles in society.

“Constant training is dynamic and must be sustained. We will continue to train members of the corps on different aspects of their operations to enable them function better,” he said.

Another set of the newly created armed squad are to being sent for training, after 58 others completed their training recently.

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