Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’s Armed Squad
PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
August 7, 2013
Ahead of Eid-el-Fitr celebrations which marks the end of Ramadan, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) has beefed up security around mosques, Eid-praying grounds, crisis-prone areas and critical infrastructure of government against terrorists attacks during the Sallah celebration.
The Commandant-General, Ade Abolurin who congratulated the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, urged those residing in areas known as hotbeds of insecurity to be security-conscious. He added that his organisation had made necessary arrangements to guarantee a hitch–free celebration.
The Corps, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Emmanuel Okeh, explained that the drastic move was borne out of the fact that barely three months after the country, especially the North-East experienced relative peace, with the areas getting back to business, gunmen had renewed their reign of terror and bloodshed, leaving several people dead and many others critically injured.
The statement warned that worshippers could only go to the mosques with their Qu’ran and praying mats, as items other than the aforementioned would be considered security risk.
The statement added that to adequately secure the country for a hitch-free Eid-el-fitri celebration, 30 thousand officers and men of the Corps , sniffer dogs and other vital security gadgets had been deployed across the nation, adding that emphasis would be towards strengthening surveillance and vehicular patrol.
The security outfit, also advised parents to provide guides to their little/underage children during the celebration to prevent cases of missing children usually experienced during festive periods.