The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has disbanded the Anti-vandal Unit of the corps’ Rivers State Command in response to allegations made by the state’s governor, Nyesom Wike.
Wike accused the NSCDC unit and police of assisting vandals and illegal bunkers in carrying out their nefarious activities in the state a few weeks ago.
In response, NSCDC Commandant General Ahmed Audi issued a statement on Saturday expressing shock at the allegations and ordering the suspension of the head of the anti-vandal team as well as the disbandment of the unit.
“Worried by this disappointing development, the governor has ordered the suspension of the head of the anti-vandal team and the disbandment of the unit with immediate effect, pending the outcome of an independent inquiry set up to look into the governor’s serious allegations against the unit.”
Audi also directed that the Acting DCG in charge of investigation and intelligence summon all personnel involved to the national headquarters in Abuja for further investigation to determine the level of involvement and/or culpability in order to dispense justice appropriately.
He also stated that the allegations do not align with his vision for the corps, emphasizing that he will not tolerate any criminal act or act of compromise by any personnel.
He assured Governor Wike that he would get to the bottom of the problem as soon as possible, promising more collaboration with the state government in order to provide better service to the people of Rivers State.
“I will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, compromise, or sabotage under any guise; our founding fathers have worked so hard to earn a good name for the service as a noble organization, and I will not allow a few bad eggs to spoil our name, image, credibility, and integrity,” he said.
We will investigate those named in the allegations and, if found guilty, will take decisive action against them.
“Our moral principles are not negotiable; we will rejig the unit and fish out those who are tarnishing the corps’ name; my fight against vandals, illegal oil bunkers, and those stealing our collective wealth and sabotaging our economy is unwavering, and we will redouble our efforts to whittle down this act of sabotage and bring to justice anyone who is not in tune with our vision and mission for the service.”