Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Oyo State Command of Nigeria the Security and Civil Defense Corps ( NSCDC) has promised to ensure a violence-free election in the next month general election in Oyo State.
The assurance was given by State Commandant of the agency, Adebayo Ayeni in an interview with WESTERN POST in his office.
The NSCDC boss while speaking through the Public Relations Officer (CDPRO) Mr. Oluwole Olusegun said the state’s command has lived up to its mandate and would continually try to improve on it.
“NSCDC has fared well especially in the area of gathering intelligence and the security of lives and property,” he said.
Ayeni also informed that in the past few years, pipelines vandalization and state infrastructure have reduced tremendously, saying 18 pipeline vandals were apprehended last year and prosecuted which according to him, has reduced figure compared to what obtained before.
He also said the command is more fully prepared for the forthcoming elections. “As a way of tackling insecurity, more training has been organized for staff.”
“A lot of training was organised late last year for some officers on handling of arms. About 105 officers had their passing out parade after been trained at the 2nd Division of the Nigerian army.”
“Some officers of NSCDC are now working with the Joint Task Force, Operation Burst outfit of the state. This is in a bid to ensure adequate security and to reduce chaos in the state,” Ayeni added.
He also disclosed that different teams have been dispersed to locations outside Ibadan to ensure peace.
“To save time during emergencies in places like Ogbomoso, Oyo and the rest, we have stationed a whole team there. They are always there to cover that axis.”
The officer also said, many of their officers have been sent out into the state to gather intelligence on happenings around the town and bring reports.
He further said the command did not have a soft spot for any political party, adding that “the command is not partisan and does not work for any politician.”