NSCDC promises to crackdown on rapists
THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has promised to clamp down on rapists in Nigeria, as it created citizens’ integrity unit across its formations for gathering of intelligence and prosecution of perpetrators.
The commandant-general of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana, made this known at the management meeting of corps in Abuja recently.
He said the citizens’ integrity unit was set up in response to the rising cases of rape and other social misdemeanour.
He said that the unit was also to bring justice closer to the doorsteps of Nigerians faced with such violence.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has mandated the corps to establish the unit in order to promote citizens’ integrity, high ethical and moral conduct, responsiveness, commitment, patriotism compliance with rules and regulations and pro-activeness in the discharge of duties.
Gana noted that promoting citizenship integrity also means treating them with dignity and respecting their essential humanity.
According to him, countries that respect, enhance and promote the integrity and dignity of their people have the most loyal and proud citizens and are the leading nations of the world.
He appointed the assistant commandant-general, Augustine Obiekwe, as the head of the newly created unit. The unit is said to comprise the staff from the legal unit with inclusion of women among the committee members.
According to him, a black book would be opened for anybody who commits any form of crime against humanity in the society.
He said that most perpetrators of the crime had succeeded in sending most women and girls to emotional and psychological torments by their actions.
The commandant-general said the unit would also sensitize the public on the urgent need for the populace and victims of violence ýto break the culture of silence and contact the corps when the need arises.
He said the corps was willing to partner the civil populace, organisations and those who had been victims in the past to rid the society of violence.
He added that the corps’ passion is to fight against misbehaviour of citizens in order to have a peaceful society.
In his remarks, Mr Obiekwe appreciated the NSCDC management for the confidence reposed in him. ”As a lawyer, I understand what integrity of citizens is all about. We shall do everything in our capacity to end rape in Nigeria,” he added.
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