Following allegations of misconduct and corruption against its officers, the Federal Government has ordered the immediate dissolution of all Anti-vandal Squads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) nationwide.
Announcing the dissolution as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja, NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr. Abubakar Ahmed Audi, who underlined the need for the Corps’ hard-earned integrity to be sustained, gave assurance that the anti-vandal units of the Corps would be reconstituted in due course.
He made the announcement at an emergency meeting with top management and all state commandants to review their performance and policies.
Audi, who threatened to use indicted officers as scapegoat to serve as a deterrent to other fraudulent personnel of the Corps, vowed to hand over anyone found wanting to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further action.
The commandant-general further said it was unfortunate and highly disgraceful for any officer of the law, who ought to be custodian of Integrity, truth and justice, to be seen negotiating and extorting money from the citizens they are meant to protect.
This disbandment may not be unconnected with the outcome of discreet investigations carried out by the Corps’ top management to ascertain the level of involvement of officers in oil theft.