Tuesday, 20 January 2015

2015: Civil Defence deploys 60,000 men, 500 dogs



More than 60, 000 men and about 500 specially trained sniffer dogs will be deployed by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] across the country to ensure hitch-free, peaceful elections in February this year.
Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] Dr. Ade Abolurin said the corps has also completed arrangements to position specially trained units and hi-tech equipment in strategic areas to protect critical infrastructure that may be vulnerable during the election when attention would be focused on the voting processes.
The commandant general told the press in Abuja on Monday that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC] recently acquired 25 specially trained sniffer dogs from Russia and USA to add to its stock of more than 500 security canines.
He disclosed that the new dogs are capable of detecting explosives made with non-metal and non-plastic materials and can neutralize such explosives without human assistance.
The CG said the NSCDC has more than 500 dogs at the moment adding that all of them would be available for deployment should the need arise saying that twenty dogs will be posted to each state of the federation.
Dr. Ade Abolurin who has been indisposed for more than two months spoke on the road map for the 2015 general elections and was represented by Mr. Mr. Suleiman Bello, the Deputy Commandant General [DCG] in charge of Administration.
He also declared that the 60, 000 men from the NSCDC will work in collaboration with other security agencies assuring that the number will be enough to cover every part of the country with the cooperation of politicians and members of the public.
“We are combatant ready to have a peaceful election in Nigeria and the 2015 general elections will turn out to be one of the most credible, most peaceful and the best election that Nigeria will have in recent times,” he assured.
He declared that as a major stakeholder in the security of the country, the NSCDC would collaborate effectively with other relevant agencies to organize zonal town hall meetings for several interest groups particularly religious leaders, traditional rulers, transport workers, women and youth groups NGOs/CSOs, the media and security agencies on the need for peace before, during and after the elections.
The enlightenment meetings which has been planned to commence in Oyo state on Wednesday January 21st will end in Jos, Plateau state on Thursday February 5th, 2015 and was planned to educate the community on the need for maximum cooperation with security official for peace.
While assuring that every effort would be made to ensure that the election process was not disrupted in any state, Dr. Ade Abolurin said: “robust measures are in place for hi-tech security of critical infrastructures of government in line with our threat assessment.”
Another senior officer of the NSCDC, DCG Evans Enwerem, in-charge of Operations who threw more light on the preparations of the corps for the general elections appealed to Nigerians not to panic due to the predictions of a USA agency that Nigeria may split after the 2015 elections assuring that the election will be credible, free and peaceful.
He also declared that Nigeria will not breakup saying that “to keep the country one is a challenge that security agencies cannot afford to tow with but we will ensure that the prediction does not happen. Bearing in mind what has been put on ground now for the insurgency war, in no distant time, the issue of Boko Haram will be a thing of the past.”
Enwerem called on the media to assist security agencies by ensuring that politicians do not heat up the political climate with inflammatory remarks.

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