The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the death of its personnel killed on Monday 27th March 2023, in Imo State.
The two personnel, Assistant Superintendent of Corps I (ASCI) Onwuzuruike Sixtus and Corps Assistant I (CA I) Simon Simon were ambushed and killed at Umuolulo, Obiangwu Community, Ngor Okpala Local Government Area (LGA) of the State alongside two other civilians.
A Statement issued by NSCDC Director of Public Relations, CC Olusola Odumosu reveals that the late members of the Corps were on official duty to protect Critical Assets and Infrastructure in the State when the attack occurred.
Expressing his condolences, the Commandant General, Ahmed Audi described the incident as saddening and unfortunate, he prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed, while also asking God to grant the families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
The NSCDC boss said the latest ambush of the personnel remains a rude shock to the entire NSCDC family nationwide, just as he directed personnel to give intelligence and information gathering utmost importance.
“In view of the security situation of the country, give high premium to information and intelligence gathering by working closely with the local communities to be ahead of criminals before they are able to strike or carry out their nefarious activities,” Audi said.
The CG further ordered the Imo state Commandant, Mathew Ovye to immediately forward the deceased personnel’s details to the insurance unit of the Corps to commence the process of benefits payments to next of kins of the deceased.
He directed the Assistant Commandant General in charge of Zone E, ACG Aliyu Musa, to lead a delegation of senior officers in the State on a condolence visit to the family houses of the departed on behalf of the Corps.
He also ordered that a thorough investigation of the incident be carried out in order to bring the perpetrators of such heinous crime to justice.
“Anyone with useful information about hoodlums or gun men terrorizing the people of Imo or responsible for the killing of two of our members should kindly contact the Corps discreetly or anonymously,” he said.
Audi urged members of the public to join forces with NSCDC and other security agencies to arrest any form of insecurity disrupting the peace of the country by giving timely information to help nip crime in the bud.