Illegal refinery: NSCDC dissolves Rivers anti-vandal unit, begins probe of officials

The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, on Saturday ordered the suspension of the head of Rivers anti-vandal team of the corps following accusation by Governor Nyesom Wike that its officials are involved in setting up illegal refineries in the state.

This was contained in a press statement by the NSCDC’s Director of Public Relations, Olusola Odumosu, titled, ‘NSCDC boss disbands the anti-vandal unit of Rivers State Command’, on Saturday.

Audi who described the allegations levelled against the anti-vandal unit of Rivers Command of the Corps by Governor Wike as shocking also ordered the disbandment of the unit.

The NSCDC DG also asked the Acting DCG of the Corps in charge of investigation and intelligence to summon all the personnel involved to the National Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation to determine the level of involvement and or culpability with a view to dispensing justice appropriately.

Audi said promised that he won’t condone any criminal act or act of compromise by any personnel while assuring Wike that he will investigate the allegation.

The statement partly read: “Worried by this disappointing development, the CG 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 weighty allegations levelled against the unit by the governor,” the statement read in part.

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“The swift action taken by me is to close any identified gaps in our operations and service to the nation, 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, our credibility, and integrity. We will investigate those fingered in the allegations and deal decisively with them if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Our moral principles are not negotiable; we are going to rejig the unit and fish out those spoiling the name of the Corps, my fight against vandals, illegal oil bunkers and those stealing our collective wealth and sabotaging our economy is unflinching and we will redouble our efforts to whittle down this act of sabotage and bring to justice anyone, not in tune with our vision and mission for the service.”

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