The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says it has reinforced the deployment of personnel to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and assets.
The NSCDC Commandant General, (CG) Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Mr Muhammadu explained that the emergency directive to state commandants for the deployment of personnel in their respective states was to forestall any act of vandalism, arson or destruction of critical assets by miscreants who may want to capitalise on the ongoing protests to perpetrate their evil motives.
He noted that they have in good authority that the some criminals in the guise of protesters were planning to attack some major government assets in some parts of the country.
The CG reminded the corps’ personnel of the need for them to exercise high-level professionalism and restraints, as they would be working with other security agencies in restoring peace in the country.
CG Muhammadu also advised his officers and men to remain civil in dealing with the public and warned strongly against accidental discharge or forceful suppression of peaceful protesters.
He further appealed to citizens, especially the youths, to remain law-abiding in their demands for reform in some areas in the country.
The NSCDC boss further advised the endsars protesters to give peace a chance and toe the path of dialogue to resolve their grievances as there is no better time to stand down on the protests, especially now that it has been hijacked.
The CG reassured Nigerians of their safety and security as they go about their legitimate businesses and urged them not to hesitate to provide information on any suspicious movement within their vicinities to the NSCDC.