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Govt considers more ammunition for NSCDC

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IN order to strengthen internal security and deepen the operation of its paramilitary officers, the Federal Government is considering providing more arms for the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) this year.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, disclosed this Thursday in Abuja at the Ministerial Retreat for Officers and Men of the Corps from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the move was based on the increasing demand by Nigerians, and recognition of the services of the officers in averting security challenges in different parts of the country last year and re-strategising the agency’s operation this year.

A cache of arms and ammunition, including 5,000 modern GT rifles and 25,000 rounds of ammunition, lethal and non-lethal weapons were provided to the newly trained armed squad of the NSCDC last January.

According to Moro, the solution to Nigeria’s internal security problem will come from NSCDC and this will soon be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for deliberation. He stated: “The areas of their services continue to increase everyday, as people see their bravery where others fail.

“We will increase their human capacity. Nigerians expect more pro-active steps in addressing the internal security challenge. There is no doubt that the account of armed insurgence has had negative impact on the lives (of citizens) and economy of our country. Both Nigerians and foreigners desire nothing less than a safe haven to live.”

Moro added: “The old method of response to security is no longer applicable in the case of security challenge trend we have witnessed in Nigeria in recent years. I want to assure you that this year, effort will be concentrated on capacity building and facilities for regular institutional training and re-training.

“With the provision of all they need, we expect them to co-operate with other security agencies to ensure that 2013 provides end to insurgences in the country. If you are not prepared, there is no way you can meet the challenge.”

The NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr. Ade Abolurin, said the organisation was re-strategising based on the lessons learnt from the previous years to ensure better security this year and beyond.

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