Perturbed by what could best be described as increasing abuse of social media platforms, an act, capable of disrupting national unity and peace, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, is set to embark on massive arrests of antagonists to halt the ugly trend.
Commandant General, NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, who ordered his men to go after blog’s, websites and social media antagonists who specialise in posting offensive, provocative and disparaging statements said, those found culpable will feel the full weight of the law.
A statement by his media assistant, Soji Alabi, disclosed that the Corps plans aggressive collaboration with the military to ensure adequate monitoring of the social media against anti-corps, anti-government and anti-security communication.
The NSCDC boss who unveiled his plans at a meeting with his management staff made reference to recent postings in the social media, where he is accused of withholding cooperative deductions for three months to pay salaries of the newly replaced personnel.
Angry Gana, also frowned “lies, that the federal government approved recruitment of 10,000 graduates and 30,000 non graduate for Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.”
He regretted that despite being refuted severally by appropriate authorities, the lies still went viral.
The statement explained that the continuous abuse of social media has not only caused embarrassment to the corps, but has also cast aspersions on his person and thus, served as diversionary measure to dissuade him from carrying out his responsibilities .
The CG who is quite convinced that 70 percent of perpetrators of these ignoble acts are members of the Corps who liaise with external collaborators to dent his image, said, he will stop at nothing to track them and bring them to justice.
The statement reads that “relevant units within the Corps has been mandated and mobilised to deploy internal mechanisms while not ruling out collaboration with the Nigerian Military .
According to the statement, to further track blogs, websites and social media antagonists, the CG has directed all Deputy Commandant Generals, Zonal Commanders, State Commandants, Area Commanders and Divisional officers to be on close watch and monitor events in their area of responsibility and report appropriately.
The statement has it that while the Commandant General welcomes constructive criticism and maintains an open door policy, he will continue to frown at abuse of the social media which should rather be used positively to enable government fight crime, promote good governance and share information.
Setting the record straight, the statement buttressed that the cardinal priority of the CG upon assumption of office was and remains personnel welfare.
He believes that “the ability of the Corps to handle its mandate can be attributed to the existence of a well-trained and highly motivated workforce”.
He has in the last two years sponsored over 10,000 personnel on workshops, seminars and intensive training programmes both at home and abroad, to enhance their capacity to deliver on l Corp’s mandate within the available limited resources.
The statement explains that personnel salaries are paid promptly and other allowances are paid directly into their accounts, while uniforms and other kits were provided for them.
“Officer and men of the Corps are insured against accident, death and disability in the course of carrying out their duties. The long standing accumulated Duty shift allowances that was deducted prior to his resumption were cleared by Gana. He added”.
He explained that death benefits of Officers and men who lost their lives in the course of discharging their duties are paid promptly to their recognised next of kin and in some cases some of them are compensated with employment opportunities whenever possible.
Aside being an adopted father to agood number of officers , he has personally visited injured officers in hospitals where he paid off their bills. He has also visited severally officers and men deployed to the North – East and Niger Delta to show solidarity with them.