Following the recent presidential approval granted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to bear arms, the Commandant General of the Corps,Prof Ade Abolurin has warned his officers and men against abuse or misuse of the firearms.
This was just as he stressed that negligent or accidental discharge of ammunition would not be tolerated.
He told its Armed and Counter – Terrorism Squad that, violations of basic safety rules, related with arms bearing, such as not following standard operating procedures, complacency as well as the absence of due care would be inexcusable.
The Commandant General sounded the warning at the official welcoming ceremony of an additional 58 officers who will form the nucleus of the Civil Defence Squad, subjected to three months intensive training in arms and weapons handling at the Nigeria Army Barrack, Kachia in Kaduna State.
Addressing the newly trained officers who just returned from training on insurgency, terrorism and anti vandalism, Prof. Abolurin disclosed that the training was an ongoing process and reminded them that there was pride in one’s ability to masterfully handle the tools of his trade.
He admonished them on the need to practice weapon discipline by way of understanding their responsibility and assured that refresher training would not be compromised by the corps.
The Corps boss urged them to see the safety of the masses as priority even as they need to abide by the rules, norms and conventions that govern it.
“Much as you need to protect your selves, the security of the masses should be your priority.
“We also commend the media for the noble role they played in their quest towards advocacy of the need to protect the members of the Corps and for ensuring increased output over our performances, as it concerns curbing vandalism.
“As we hand over to you your instrument of office, I desire that you ensure a crime free environment. Our belief is that as you receive this arms , you will reflect on your past experience, failure and for the need to ensure that you do not anywhere abuse this privilege that is been extended to us,” the Commandant General said.