Through the blessing of Olaifa, Abuja
The Nigerian Security and Civil Protection Corps, NSCDC, announced on Monday that its special team of agro-ranchers is being deployed in crisis-prone states where farmers have left their farms for fear of being kidnapped by bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements.
The NSCDC said the move was necessary to curb the impending food crises in the country, as dozens of farmers reportedly left their farms due to threats to their lives.
The acting general commander of the NSCDC, Kelechi H. Madu, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the employees of the Agro Ranchers corps now accompany the farmers to their farms in the morning and return with them in the evening.
He stated that NSCDC personnel, trained in the use of weapons and other war tactics, would professionally manage the crises in some states in accordance with the guidelines of the federal government through Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The acting commander-general said tensions in the south-west of the country due to clashes between shepherds and farmers are being resolved through the joint efforts of the governors, security agencies and other stakeholders.
He said that in addition to the Agro Ranchers, NSCDC workers were involved in various joint operations with the military to restore peace and order to parts of the country.
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“We were involved in joint task force operations with the military. We are part of Operation Delta Safe, and some ongoing operations in the northeast against terrorists from Boko Haram and our personnel are doing their best, ”said the acting commander-general.
Commander Madu, who spoke to journalists at the NSCDC parade ground at its headquarters in Abuja after some simulation exercises on the corps’ activities, particularly in the areas of emergency response, terrorist attacks and vandalism on pipelines, stated that the corps is ready to deliver them fulfill his mandate to ensure the safety of life and the protection of national critical infrastructures.
He said the security situation in the country was not just a concern of the corps but of every patriotic citizen, adding that the corps had to justify its funding by effectively fulfilling its mandate.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari and the Interior Minister for their support of the Corps, claiming that hope and discipline are being revived within the organization’s ranks.