Democracy Day: NSCDC boss orders state commandants to set up Rapid Response Squad

From Joseph Inokotong, Abuja

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has ordered the immediate set-up of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in all the State Commands of the Corps across the country.

The CG gave the matching order during an orientation programme organised for the newly promoted Commandants and serving State Commandants at the National Headquarters of the Corps as part of efforts to rejig the activities of the organisation and enhance the capabilities of officers and men in the states.

In a statement issued Thursday by DCC Olusola Odumosu Director, Public Relations NSCDC NHQ, Dr Audi said the order became imperative to replicate his creation of the Rapid Response Squad in every state command to respond to all forms of crime and criminalities in real and quick time.

This, he added, is to ensure prompt and timely intervention in times of emergencies, disasters and unforeseen security breaches.

The NSCDC boss also maintained that the confidence reposed on the Corps by the Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian citizens must be sustained and improved upon.

He charged the State Commandants to beef up security in their respective States to forestall any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the Democracy Day celebration.

In his words, ‘power is not a gift but a responsibility and to whom much is given much is expected; you must be determined to clamp down on all bad elements in your area of assignment and avoid any tribal, religious and ethnic sentiment to justify your posting and prove your competence.’

He urged the Commandants to ensure the RRS adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in line with International Best Practices and should rejuvenate the intelligence gathering capabilities in order to address the security challenges peculiar to their area of assignment and the country in general.

In a related development the Corps has carried out a comprehensive redeployment of all State Commandants as part of the Commandant-General’s effort to re-jig, revamp, rejuvenate, restructure and reposition the organisation for better service delivery.

The Corps helmsman hinted that he has opened a periodic evaluation scorecard for all State Commandants to measure and assess their performances and warned that anyone found not keying into the mission and vision of the Corps under his leadership may be relieved of his Command.