OSUN GUBER POLLS: NSCDC DEPLOYS 11,226 PERSONNEL FOR EFFECTIVE SECURITY COVERAGE. Preparatory to Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Osun State, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Audi, mni, has approved the deployment of 11,226 officers and men to cover the 3,763 polling units, collation centres, flash points as well as Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in all the 31 Local Government Areas of the State. He disclosed that the deployed personnel were derived from the National Headquarters and nine State Commands; Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Kogi and Edo to supply manpower for the election. The CG stated that the objectives of the Corps in the forthcoming election is to create a secured environment for its successful conduct and enhance the general security in the State before, during and after the election. He explained that the personnel had attended various workshops on best practices during election. They have also been acquainted with the provisions of the Electoral Act as regards to Rules of Engagement, hence, must comply with the Corps’ Operational Code, Standard Operating Procedure and above all, display of professionalism and high sense of discipline throughout the election. This robust operational order has been activated to ensure a hitch free exercise and guide against molestation and intimidation of the electorates by hoodlums or party thugs. Dr Audi hinted that in readiness for the election, the Corps' undercover personnel from the National Headquaters have joined their counterparts in Osun State for covert operations to nip any security compromise in the bud. Dr Audi assigned Deputy Commandant General (DCG) in charge of Operations, Dauda Mungadi to oversee the election exercise. He also designated Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Operations, Philip Ayuba, Zonal Commander (Zone J), Fasiu Adeyinka and Commandant Special Duties, Oliver Ugwuja to serve as field Commanders monitoring each senatorial district of the state. To ensure that critical assets of government are not vandalized by criminal elements before, during and after the election, there shall be deployment of the Ant-vandalism Squad, Critical National Asset protection unit and other special forces to all key points in the State to protect them against vandalism, damage or arson. He stressed that, a pool of officers shall be drawn from Special Forces, such as Arms Squad Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives Unit (CBRNE), the Special Female Squad, Rapid Response Squad, K9 and SWAT Unit, different from the regular conventional personnel, in order to have a successful execution of the assignment. He reiterated the Corps' readiness to partner sister agencies to ensure a hitch-free poll and to guarantee crime-free environment to enable eligible voters exercise their voting rights. He warned all personnel deployed to remain apolitical, stressing that whosoever is found perpetrating unethical conduct will certainly face sanctions. For ease of communication, the Corps has provided Operational Hot Lines – 08060003181, 08032898909 and N-Alert Situation Room Hotlines: 08066005861, 08032928878 and 07034322058.
Dr. Ahmed Audi, mni, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians across the globe for crossing over successfully to 2023.

He urged Nigerians to step into the new year with renewed hope for a greater, more prosperous, and peaceful society devoid of bloodshed or any form of civil unrest and disturbances.

He stated that although, 2022 came with its own security challenges government’s efforts in stemming the tide of insecurity and ensuring the security of lives and property of citizens and residents through commendable could be reinforced in the new year, which offers new opportunities to change the country’s security trajectory.

Dr. Audi commended officers and men of the Corps for their patriotic zeal in defending the mandates of the Corps at all times which brought about lots of achievements in the outgone year.

He said, “the Corps is blessed with crops of officers and men that are loyal and dedicated to service.

“I am very happy with them all because the milestone we have achieved in the last 21 months could not have been possible without them.

“I want to task my personnel to remain committed, shun all negative vices, and rededicate their loyalty to the service of our fatherland.

“Let me warn others who may be nursing mischievous ideas in their heads to find their way out of the system because the Corps will not condone any form of indiscipline, criminalities or activities against public interest and the image of the organisation.

The Corps helmsman charged personnel to sustain the tempo of professionalism especially as the nation enters an election year, reminding them of the need to remain acquainted with the new electoral laws and guidelines, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), and the Code of Ethics of the Corps.

“I charge you not to let down your guard but stay focused on your given assignment of ensuring our nation’s survival this election year.

“Try as much as possible to remain apolitical by not getting involved in partisan politics as anyone caught will bear his or her father’s name on the day of reckoning,” he warned.

The CG asserts that the onus is on personnel to offer the best of service in keeping Nigeria safe and protecting critical national assets and infrastructure from vandals and economic saboteurs.

He added that year 2023 marks a turning point in the history of Nigeria as it ushers in a new political dispensation that will oversee the affairs of the country for the next four years.

He assures of the Corps’ commitment to supporting the electioneering process by ensuring the security of sensitive and non-sensitive INEC materials and assets.

Audi hinted that on his order, State Commandants have deployed officers and men to protect INEC offices Nationwide against arsonists’ attacks.

He assures that the 2023 general elections will not only be free and fair but would be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere as NSCDC in collaboration with other security agencies has mapped out strategies and are ready to guarantee the security of the electorates by confronting criminals head-on.

He called on officers and men of the Corps to activate renewed zeal and vigour that will sustain the tempo of acceptance the Corps is enjoying among citizens today through avoidance of anything that will earn the service a bad reputation.

He charged them to keep defending the mandates of the Corps at all time as the government’s expectations is huge regarding internal security and protection of critical infrastructure and national assets, which the survival of the populace depends upon.

The CG assured officers and men that year 2023 will usher in more opportunities for the Corps’ management under his leadership to promote staff welfare in all ramifications by reviewing the activities of last year and making adjustments where necessary in order to continue putting smiles on the faces of personnel to motivate them in meeting the targets set by the government for the Corps.



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