BY Rita Okonoboh
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has announced the dismissal of 15 officers over “disgraceful conduct”.
The dismissal of the officers was announced in a statement issued on Monday by Olusola Odumosu, NSCDC spokesman.
According to the statement, the dismissal was approved by the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB).
Aside from the 15 officers, 16 others were also sanctioned for various offences related to “gross misconduct”.
The ranks of the affected officers were listed, but no details were given of their names and states of posting,
“As part of measures to rid the service of bad eggs and ensure discipline in order to reposition and sanitise the Corps against all forms of negative vices, the Commandant General (CG) of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi Ph.D, mni, OFR, has announced the approval by the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire and Immigration Board (CDCFIB), to discipline a total of 31 officers and men of Corps involved in various degrees of offences,” the statement reads.
“The CG confirmed this during management meeting at the NSCDC National Headquarters, where he vowed and reiterated his determination not to allow errant officers portray the corps in bad light under his leadership.
“According to him, the actions of the erring personnel made it imperative to invoke internal disciplinary mechanism by setting up disciplinary committees which carried out investigation and orderly room trial for various offences and spelt out recommendation of different sanctions to the Board for Approval.
“Consequently, 31 officers and men involved in different acts deemed unbecoming of personnel of the Corps are to face different sanctions. Among them, 15 are dismissed from service, nine (9) are to face compulsory retirement, seven (7) were given suspension while the remaining two are to face interdiction and demotion, respectively.
“Further breakdown indicates that among the numbers dismissed includes one (1) ASC1, two (2) CCA, three (3) AIC, three (3) CA111, two ( 2) CA11, one (1) CA1, one (1) IC and one (1) AIC face dismissal and prosecution. The suspended officers include two (2) Deputy Commandants of Corps, three (3) Assistant Commandant of Corps, one (1) Assistant Superintendent of Corps ASCII and one (1) CAII.
“The board also approved the interdiction of an Inspector of Corps (IC) and demotion of one (1) other Inspector of Corps (IC).
“The 31 affected personnel were sanctioned for offences raging from job racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, forgery, absence without leave (AWOL), dishonesty, economic sabotage among others among others.
“Following the disgraceful conduct of the concerned officers, the Commandant General has called on all personnel to uphold the Corps’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Code of Ethics, discipline and adherence to Public Service Rules.”