Commandant-General of NSCDC escapes assassination

The Commandant-General, C-G, of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ade
Abolurin, Friday, escaped an attempt on his life
as a police Inspector opened fire on his team at
Ikorodu, Lagos.
Dr. Abolurin’s team comprising officers of the
Nigerian Army, EFCC, ICPC, office of the Attorney
General of the Federation among others, came
under siege during an inspection and assessment
tour of disposable forfeited items seized from
suspected oil thieves.
NSCDC’s spokesman, Mr. Emmanuel Okeh, said in a
statement in Abuja, Friday, “the attack was
orchestrated by the arrest of some suspected
vandals and oil thieves on the waters in possession of
petroleum products in several jerry cans, including
two big Cotonou boats.’
The suspected police team who came in an
unmarked danfo bus carrying AK47 riffles challenged
the CG that they are in charge, so, he has no right to
visit the area because it belongs to the police.
“The committee which the CG, NSCDC is the
chairman was constituted by the office of the
Attorney General of the Federation and have for
some time now been on assessment tour of the
country for disposable forfeited items used for
vandalism of critical infrastructure.
However, attempt by members of the committee to
caution the officer was rebuffed by him and
members of his team claiming that they are on a
mission here so everyone should steer clear.
“Further investigation reveals that a distress call was
put across to the suspected police team by the
arrested vandals and upon arrival, their aim was to
set them off the hook of NSCDC by threatening to
shoot the CG who masterminded the arrest of their
partners in this illicit business and secondly to
prevent the committee from confiscating the
recovered items which has become exhibits in event
of prosecution”.
He added that it was however unclear if the
suspected officer was working on a written script by a
superior authority or just acting in his own capacity
as one of the arrested vandals was in police uniform.
“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. Still fresh in our memory is the killing
of two men of the anti vandal squad of the Lagos
state command of NSCDC namely AIC Gabriel Adaji
and IC Innocent Akegbe by the police in 2013”, the
spokesman said.
He clarified that the Act establishing the NSCDC was
unequivocal in its assignment of the duty of
protection of critical infrastructure of government
and national assets to the corps with tremendous
record of achievement by the organization as evident
in the various arrest of vandals in different parts of
the country and prosecution of same to serve as
deterrent to others .
Mr. Okey said that the corps was determined to
ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan’s efforts in
ensuring constant supply of petroleum products,
uninterrupted power supply among others was
actualized.

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