The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has expressed grief on the death of seven personnel of the corps killed in Kaduna by bandits while on official duty.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu on Wednesday, as prayers were offered for the slain operatives
reports that seven NSCDC officials were killed in an attack at a Kuriga mining site, in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state on Monday.
Five other security operatives attached to a sister agency were said to have been killed in the same incident.
The remains of the slain officers and men were deposited at the Barau Diko Hospital Mortuary, Kaduna.
The sad incident occured less than a month when no fewer than 38 people were reportedly killed in separate attacks in Malagum 1 and Sokwong villages of Kagoro Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Represented by the DCG Crisis and Disaster Management, Nnamdi Nwinyi, the CG stressed that the corps is doing right by securing the country and would not be deterred or overwhelmed by the unfortunate incidents.
According to the statement, the CG condemned the killings and decried other news of deaths of personnel across the nation, which informed his directive to organise the intercessory prayers.
Led by the Chief Imam, Deputy Commandant, Muhammed Aliyu and National Chaplain, Assistant Commandant, John Paul at the Corps Headquarters, both clergymen offered prayers for all personnel, families of slain operatives and repose of souls of those who had died.
Prayers were also offered for stoppage of such ugly incidents in future, peace and progress of Nigeria and successful conduct of 2023 general elections.
The CG called on personnel to continue performing their patriotic duties and stressed the need for more security consciousness and vigilance in the course of these assignments.
In the same vein, the corps helmsman directed the Assistant Commandant General, Zone B, Kaduna, Mohammed Haruna, to lead a delegation of senior officials to commiserate with families of the deceased in Kaduna State.
The ACG Zone B, while on the condolence visit on behalf of the CG, assured them of the Commandant General’s support at all time and promised to ensure that proper and befitting burial is given to all those lost.