NSCDC Agency investigates officers for allegedly shooting doctor’s car

Agu said that the command had already received a petition forwarded by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on the matter.

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa Command, says it is investigating the allegation of misuse of firearms against two of its personnel.

The state Commandant, Mr Desmond Agu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Saturday.

NAN reports that NSCDC officers allegedly shot at a medical doctor’s car with his wife and two children on board for hitting a stray dog on April 28 in Yenagoa.

While the dog escaped unhurt, the resident doctor was wounded and being  hospitalised.

Agu said that the command had already received a petition forwarded by the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on the matter.

In view of this, he said that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC had ordered full investigation.

We have, therefore, set up a seven-man committee to that effect.

“The committee is chaired by Deputy Commandant Anyanwu G.C., the Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department, Bayelsa Command and Deputy Commandant Idima Austin will serve as the Secretary.

‘The committee is expected to submit its report on Monday, May 8.

“We, therefore, appeal to the general public to remain calm as the committee undertakes its assignment.

“We assure you that if the operatives are indicted, they will never go unpunished,” said Agu.

He said the NSCDC viewed the incident as disturbing, since it could cast doubts on its integrity.

“Our operations and presence are geared towards the protection of public interests by preventing and discouraging acts capable of sabotaging the economy and hindering public peace.

”In discharging our mandate, which is clearly spelt out, we emphasise strict adherence to the principles of human rights and the rule of law.

”Our officers and men are trained to observe these principles and are constantly reminded to apply restraints, especially in their dealings with the public.

“They are to resist any temptation that can make them misuse their firearms,” he said. 

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