The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Rivers State, has disbanded its Anti-Vandal Unit.
The suspension of the Unit is sequel to trust issues hanging on the neck of the Corps after the allegations made against its personnel by Governor Nyesom Wike.
It should be recalled that Wike, had during a meeting with Local Government Area Chairmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, January 14, 2022, demanded the immediate deployment of an officer of the NSCDC in charge of Anti Vandalism Unit in the State for allegedly aiding the operation of illegal refineries.
NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, in a statement on Saturday expressed shock over the allegations as he ordered the suspension of the head of the anti-vandal team and the disbandment of the unit.
The statement issued by the NSCDC’s Director of Public Relations, Olusola Odumosu, reads:
“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 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 organisation 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.”