Abuja - The Nigeria Security and Civil
Defence Corps (NSCDC) has trained some 10 000 personnel to assist in the fight
The Commandant General of the Corps, Abdullahi Gana
Muhammadu, said these had been trained on counter terrorism in Israel,
Pakistan, Italy as well as locally at the Army School of Counter Terrorism and
Some have been trained in Jaji, with the aim of tackling
insurgency in the country.
Gana disclosed the figures when members of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee,
led by Weixiong Chen, the Deputy Executive Director, paid him a courtesy visit
at the Corps National Headquarters in Abuja.
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He disclosed that presently, over 400 personnel are protecting
the facilities of multinational oil companies in Nigeria, such as Shell, Agip,
Mobil among others.
He meanwhile called for synergy and partnerships among
the various security agencies, especially in the areas of intelligence
gathering and information sharing to curb insurgency.
"The only way to achieve the common goal of fighting
terrorism, is by strengthening and putting in place a high level collaboration
among all stakeholders," he said.
Formed in 2003, the primary function of the NSCDC is to
protect lives and properties in conjunction with Nigeria police.
One of the crucial function of the corp is to protect
pipelines from vandalism. The agency also involves in crisis resolutions. - CAJ
- CAJ News