The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has directed that a full scale investigation into an alleged conduct of unprofessionalism by some members of the Corps.
This is a swift reaction to reports making the rounds that some employees of Port Harcourt Electrical Distribution Company (PHED) were dehumanized by some personnel of the Rivers State Command at Rumuola in Port Harcourt.
According to a Statement by the Director of Public Relations, CC Olusola Odumosu, the NSCDC wishes to determine the truth or otherwise of the complaint by PHED with a view to appropriating the right disciplinary actions if the officers are culpable.
The alleged degrading conditions notwithstanding, the NSCDC Boss affirmed that the Corps remains commited towards the protection of all Critical Assets and Infrastructures such as Oil Pipelines, Telecommunication Equipment, Electrical Power Installations, Railways, Roads, Schools amongst others.
He stated that the core mandate of leading in Critical Infrastructures Protection emplaced the responsibility of safeguarding public utilities and keeping the citizens safe at all time.
The State Commandant, Micheal Besong Ogar, on his part stated that as a stakeholder and provider of essential services in Rivers State, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) remains an important partner enjoying focal attention for security coverage by the Command as evident in its deployment of men to guard their premises and facilities over the years.
He expresses regret over the action of his men and promises to get to the root of the matter, reiterating the Command’s commitment to continue working in synergy and harmony with all critical stakeholders in the state for the good of all.
“The officers were sent to PHED for enquiry into the unusual power outage experienced by the Command for days, not to intimidate or assault anyone.
“From the report at my disposal, there must have been a misunderstanding between the two parties, which may not have been properly handled.
“However, a committee had been set up to unravel what transpired and in due course, we will deal with the situation appropriately,” the Commandant assured.