Osun NSCDC sets up security team consisting of locals
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
In a bid to ensure water-tight security and proactive intelligence gathering before, during and after the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, has involved indigenes of local areas in its grassroot-level security team.
The state Commandant of the corps, Emmanuel Ocheja at the inauguration of the team christened, Civil Defence Public Relations Committee (CDPRC) at Araromi Owu community Ayedaade, said awareness is ongoing across divisional offices of the corps about the security team.
Represented by the Osun West “A” Area Commander, Assistant Commandant of Corps, Bashir Sarafadeen, Ocheja said campaign on CDPRC had been taken to its divisional offices across the state.
He said the security committee is a grassroot-level security team of local leaders and citizens who work with NSCDC to prevent crime by giving proactive intelligence in their communities.
According to him, NSCDC couldn’t be everywhere all the time, therefore, the need for collaborative efforts to get indigenous people involved in securing Osun.
Sarafadeen explained further that members of the committee are saddled with the responsibility of providing proactive intelligence. He told the locals, “bring any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to the attention of the Corps.”
Also speaking at the inauguration, the Divisional Officer of Ayedaade South LCDA, Superintendent of Corps, Ponle Kayode Sunday sensitised the community on their new roles to the NSCDC in the state.
He emphasised that the inauguration was timely as there is need to make the state safe and secured for the citizens at all times. “Moreso, the forthcoming gubernatorial election calls for more vigilance by all residents of the state,” he stressed.
He stated further that the initiative is an additional efforts to deliver on the core mandates of NSCDC and tackle the spate of insecurity in the state.
A statement issued by the public relations officer of the command, ASC II Olabisi Atanda on Friday, disclosed that the newly inaugurated committee consists of twenty members drawn from Araromi Owu community, Ayedaade South LCDA.