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NSCDC warns grain dealers against hoarding of food items

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Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Commander, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno, has warned grain dealers against hoarding of food items in the state.

Abdullahi gave the warning in an interview with the Nigeria News Agencyon Tuesday in Maiduguri.

He said that the call was imperative to check indiscriminate mopping up of grains in village markets to guard against artificial scarcity and price hike.

Abdullahi said that some grain dealers resorted to mopping up of grain in the markets to hoard since the closure of the national borders.

He said that the development could lead to scarcity, price hike and negatively affect food security.

The commander said that officials of the command had stopped and prevented about 20 trucks loaded with paddy rice from being transported out of the state.

“Price of food items are increasing in the market, the hike in prices might not be unconnected with the massive mop up of grain by traders.

“Urgent steps are necessary to guard against hoarding and price hike.

“We invited them and sensitized them on dangers associated with hoarding and transporting food items to other parts of the country,” he said.

Abdullahi further advocated for establishment of a committee to regulate prices of food commodities in the country.

He reiterated the commitments of the command to protect farmers to enable them cultivate thier farmlands and encourage agricultural activities in the state. (NAN)

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Lockdown: NSCDC in Kaduna arrest 21 suspects in hotels

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna Command, said it  arrested 21 suspects in hotels at about 1:00 am of Thursday in Kaduna metropolis for violating the lockdown order over COVID-19 pandemic.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe made the disclosure at a press briefing on Thursday in Kaduna.

Terzungwe said the command was worried by complaints of inadequate compliance with lockdown down order by Kaduna State government which was still in force.

He explained that the command carried out raid of some hotels within the metropolis, resulting to the arrest of 21 suspects for violation of the order.

According to him, the choice of the location for the raid was informed by complaints of crimes in the areas in spite of measures by security agencies.

“Credible intelligence survey reveals that Millennium city and Kigo Road are among hubs of illegalities which the command has resolved to take drastic actions in reversing the ugly trend.

“The lockdown order which is still in place requires all bars,  clubs, schools and worship centres to remain shut until further directives,” he said.

Terzungwe said on completion of investigations,  all the suspects will be charged to court for violation of the lockdown.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that to control the COVID- 19 pandemic, Kaduna State Government had locked down the state,  but created a three days window on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for residents to restock essentials.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Rainy season: NSCDC warns Jigawa residents against dumping of refuse in drains

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , Jigawa Command, has warned residents of the state against dumping refuse in drains as the rainy season approaches.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, gave the warning in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, Adamu Shehu, in Dutse on Thursday.

Mohammad said the warning was imperative in order to avoid flooding as the rainy season was approaching.

“With the approaching of the rainy season and the occasional rainstorm being experienced along with it over the weeks.

“Causing destructions of buildings, trees and electrical installations in many places especially within the state capital, it has shown that torrential downpour may be experienced in due course.

“As such, it has become imperative to caution the general public against blocking the drains with refuse.

“The command, therefore, warns the public against blocking drains with garbage and sand to avert flooding, which could lead to destruction of property and sometimes, lives.

“It is on this note that the the command wishes to draw the attention of members of the general public to inculcate the habit of community service in the evacuation of the already blocked drains to give way to free flow of rainwater,” the commandant said.

He advised the residents not to solely rely on the government to maintain and protect the environment from flooding.

According to him, the government has played its part by providing the drains.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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COVID 19: NSCDC enhances safety of officials

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The Lagos Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday unveiled a giant anti-Coronavirus disease hand washing equipment meant  to safeguard its officials.

 

The Lagos NSCDC commandant, Olayinka Ayinla, at the launch of the equipment in Lagos, said that  the command purchased the equipment to smash unfamiliar ways of contracting the virus among its officials.

 

According to the commandant, some Nigerians got infected with the virus in unsuspecting ways.

 

Ayinla posited that many offices acquired plastic buckets embedded with water switch and liquid soap beside it to enable their  staff members  wash hands frequently.

 

“However, the effect of the hand washing pail system is that once an infected person touches the pail  and the liquid-wash jar, others may get infected.

 

The Lagos command of the NSCDC newly  acquired hand-washing  machine is  controlled by legs to dispense water, liquid wash and sanitiser for hand wash ,”Ayinla said.

 

He, however,expressed concern over the continuous geometrical outbreaks of the pandemic in the country.

 

The commandant prayed that the rate of COVID-19 infections  in the country should drop.

 

As at June 3, about 348 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed with Lagos state having 163.

 

“As at the same date, the total COVID-19 victims in Nigeria stood at 11,166 with 3,329 discharged and 315 deaths, may God safe us,”he said.

 

The NSCDC boss also distributed more face masks and sanitisers to officers and men, urging them to stay safe while on duty.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command had embarked on periodic distribution of face masks and sanitiser to its  officials o since the outbreak of COVID-19 global pandemic.

 


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada (NAN)

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NSCDC arrests 2 Ebonyi gov’t officials over vandalism

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two staff of the Ebonyi Ministry of Environment over alleged vandalism of installation items at the state Pulverisation plant.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Lucy Samu disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abakaliki.

Samu said that both suspects were in the NSCDC’s custody.

He said both suspects were from Amagu community and Inyimegu community both in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.

“The items recovered from them include 10 full lengths of 16 mm iron rods and 30 pieces of foundation bolt used in the pulverisation plant.

“They were arrested while using a state government vehicle for the act,’’ she said.

The commandant said the duo were arrested by officers of the corps who were guarding the plant.

“I am happy that my officers have been vindicated as they were being accused of vandalising equipment at the pulverisation plant.

“I want to advise workers attached to the state government’s installations to desist from such acts as it impedes the governor’s efforts to develop the state,’’ she said.

One of the suspects (name withheld) told NAN that he did not intend to steal the items when caught by the NSCDC officers.

“I am in charge and take records of all items used for work at the plant.

“The iron rods and bolts are not currently being used for work at the plant and I arranged to take them back to the office in case the store-keeper asks me for the record.

“How then can I steal items that I am in charge of and will be called upon to give record,’’ the suspect said.

Chief Emmanuel Uguru, the State Commissioner for Environment told NAN that he was yet to be officially briefed about the matter.

“This is the truth I cannot say presently, and I will inform you more whenever I am officially briefed,’’ he said.

Mr Philip Eworo, the Special Assistant (SA) to the Governor on Pulverisation Plant did not reply to several telephone calls and text messages sent to him by the NAN correspondent.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: NHIS donates PPE to NSCDC

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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic .

The PPE included, 125 infrared thermometers, 250 packs of face masks, 500 packs of hand gloves, 500 protective suits and 125 hand pumps among others.

The Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, at presentation of the PPE on Friday in Abuja, said the request to purchase the equipment was in line with the mandate of the scheme.

“Some weeks back, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19,  approached us and made a request to supply PPE to security agencies.

“In line with the mandate of NHIS, which  is to ensure access to health care for  all Nigerians, the procurement of the equipment also falls under our purview.

“It  is  important for NHIS to  support the idea of PPE to organisations within its limited resources because health care personnel constitute an integral part of COVID-19 response.

“They are very important to COVID-19 response, apart from the virus, there are other health care problems that will continue to bedevil our society.

“If we lose sight of protecting our health workers, it will affect their service delivery  on other diseases, that is why NHIS is stepping in to support,’’ he said,

In addition, Sambo said the NSCDC  formed part of frontline workers, saying: “ they are in all isolation centres, providing support and protection to patients.

“So we treated that request from the PTF as priority and with that and  purchased the items for them,’’ he said.

Receiving the PPE, Abdullahi Muhammadu, Commandant General, NSCDC,  thanked the NHIS for the support, urging for more support from other government organisations.

Muhammadu said he was very happy when he heard that NHIS was going to donate PPE to  the corps as the gesture would help in supporting its mandate.

He said NSCDC as an international body, had the mandate for  disaster management, both natural and man-made.

COVID-19 falls under disaster management and the role given to us by the PTF  is to enforce guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“We have deployed over 9,500 officers across the country to enforce, implement and we have also deployed some corps to  isolation centres,’’ the commandant general said.

Muhammadu said some officials had lost their lives in fulfilling the mandate given to corps by PTF in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

He cited examples of two officers who were knocked down by vehicles in an attempt to stop them during the lockdown, saying those were part of the challenges of the job.

“Unfortunately,  we lost of one of them but we thank God, the other one survived after he sustained some injury and was treated,’ he said.

According to him, the donation of PPE will boost the morale of the officers.

Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the PTF,  Dr Sani Aliyu, said the task force had the mandate of coordinating the delivery of resources and donations to support the fight against COVID-19 and  had nine key ministries as its members.

“A few months ago, I was approached by some of the security agencies for the provision of PPE.

“We know the challenges that security agencies face in the enforcement of the guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We had to look at our budget and found out that we did not have enough to supply to  all the agencies, we then approached different agencies of government to see how they can complement what we already have.

“ Today, we are  able to get NHIS to put in a contribution and direct this contribution to the agencies that we know are extremely important when it comes to the enforcement of guidelines as it relates to COVID-19,’’ he said.

The coordinator assured of continuous support for  the corps, saying “ we will continue to work with you and support you.

“This is just a set of PPE, if the pandemic continues; we will make arrangements to make sure that you have larger quantity,’’ he said.

He, however, commiserated with the management of the corps over those that lost their lives in the cause of enforcing COVID-19 guidelines and also those who were injured in  the  line of duty.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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Eid-el-Fitri: NSCDC deploys 1,585 personnel in Ondo State

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has deployed no fewer than 1,585 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the state.

Mr Philip Ayuba, State Commandant of NSCDC, made this known in Akure on Sunday.

Ayuba said that the personnel had been strategically deployed for intelligence gathering, enforcement of interstate border restrictions, crime detection, safeguarding of critical national assets and infrastructure and maintenance of peace and order.

The commandant warned perpetrators of nefarious activities to desist from unscrupulous behaviour or face the wrath of the law.

He frowned at the attitude of commercial bus drivers and heavy duty vehicles hauling in travellers, thereby, violating government’s interstate movement restriction.

He charged the NSCDC officers and men deployed to the 18 local government areas to be civil and professional in their line of duty.

”The personnel should desist from any form of compromise or violation of human rights.

 “You are fully aware that these are very crucial times; hence as disciplined and trained officers, you must be observant, tactful and courteous by your implicit adherence to the rules of engagement,” Ayuba said in a statement.

The commandant, however, wishes all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

He urged the faithful to embrace the tenets of Islam and continually pray for peace and extinction of COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 500 officers to provide security in Yobe

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Yobe, says it has deployed 500 officers across the state to provide security and to monitor compliance with Coronavirus (COVID-19), health guidelines during the Sallah celebration.

Mr Ayinla Olowo, State Commandant, NSCDC, disclosed this on Sunday in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Damaturu.

Olowo said: “As regards Ed-el-fitr celebration, my men will go out and ensure that people abide by the government’s directive on social distancing, washing of hands, wearing face masks and other health directives.”

NAN reports that Muslims across the world are celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.

Olowo urged Muslims to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols during Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

While wishing Muslims happy Ed-el-fitr celebration, Olowo advised people not to engage in self medication, but report to a healthcare facility immediately they felt unhealthy.

He advised residents to be security conscious and report any suspicious persons or movement around them to security agencies.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 35,000 personnel nationwide

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The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Abdullahi  Gana, says the corps will deploy 35,000 personnels nationwide to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Spokeperson of the Corps, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Gana said that the deployment of the personnel would ensure effective coverage of the environment and protection of all critical national assets and infrastructure.

He said the State Commandants would deploy all other equipment such as surveillance vehicles, patrol vehicles, ambulances, dogs and other monitoring gadgets to all critical infrastructural installations and black spots, prone to attacks and vandalism.

Ganda advised officers of the corps to remember that all COVID-19 regulations were still enforce, saying that there should not be any large gatherings.

“There must be strict adherence to the use of nose masks, maintaining physical and social distancing, regular washing of hands and use of alcohol based hand sanitiser,” he said.

While urging personnel to be civil and diplomatic in their approach and towards members of the public, Gana cautioned Nigerians to desist from acts capable of breaching the COVID-19 protocols, before, during and after the celebration.

He said that the law was no respecter of anyone who violated the measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus in Nigeria

Gana felicitated President Muhammadu Buhari and Muslim communities for successfully completing 2020 spiritual exercise.

He said the period of fasting was dedicated to praying for Allah’s intervention in restoring peace and normalcy in the nation.

Gana said what the nation needed this moment was prayer in order to tackle the security situation in the country, the COVID-19 pandemic and for God to give wisdom to the leadership of the nation in handling the various challenges.

“It is also a time to reconcile with Allah for the remission of sins and an opportunity to care and give alms to the needy and the the vulnerable in the society.

Gana appealed to Nigerians to be law abiding and report any act capable of truncating government’s effort in ensuring peace and protection of lives of citizens to security agencies.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Eid-el Fitr: NSCDC deploys 1,000 personnel in Jigawa

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa Command, says it has deployed 1,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free Eid-el Fitr celebration in the state.

Adamu Shehu, the NSCDC Spokesman in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Saturday.

“The state Commandant of the Corps, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, has ordered immediate deployment of the personnel,  drawn from various departments and units, including Special Armed Squad, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence Operations, Disaster Management and Medical Unit,” Shehu said.

Shehu said the personnel would join the already deployed 250 officers that were involved in the enforcement of the lockdown order at the state boundaries and some specified Local Governments Areas.

He explained that more attention would be given to identified vulnerable locations, with emphasis on strategic places such as Eid grounds, government installations and buildings, markets, among others.

“The officers are to equally ensure compliance with the state government’s directive of wearing face masks, use of hand sanitiser, washing of hands, and observance of social distancing while at the Eid ground to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Therefore, the commandant charged the personnel to discharge their duty diligently and professionally,” he said.

The spokesman added that Muhammad also urged the general public to cooperate with the officers in their bid to provide security and safety during the festive period.

According to him, the corps urges residents to report any suspicious movements in their respective localities to the nearest security formations.

“While wishing the good people of Jigawa a happy and hitch-free Eid-el- Fitr celebration, the commandant urged them to pray fervently for God’s intervention in eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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