Breakimg! NSCDC removes officers from Shina Peller

All officers assigned to Shina Peller, the legislator representing the lseyin/ltesiwaju/ Kajola/lwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo State in the House of Representatives, have been withdrawn by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi.

“Following the directive of the Commandant General on the necessity of the deployment of the Command personnel for an urgent National security assignment,” the letter reads.

Shina Peller
Shina Peller

“On behalf of the State Commandant, I hereby withdraw the personnel attached to you, this is to meet up with the urgent National need.”

The move was made in response to a bill proposed by the politician that sought to abolish the security agency.

The Olusegun Obasanjo administration turned the NSCDC, which was a voluntary organization, into a national security organization.

Peller suggested that the Nigeria Police Force take over the NSCDC's tasks in the bill that passed the first reading on Tuesday.

"National Security And Civil Defence Corps (Repeal and Transition) Bill 2022" is the name of the bill.

It aims to repeal the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (Amendment) Act 2007, creates a transition management committee to oversee the NSCDC, formulates laws and procedures for the transfer of the corps' assets and employees to the Nigeria Police Force, and address other issues.

The lawmakers also noted that the mandate of the NSCDC “has now become a duplication of the Nigeria Police Force,” adding, “this has led to avoidable conflicts.”

Peller stated, “Every single function of the NSCDC can be done or is being done by the Nigeria Police Force,” while citing “waste of scarce resources,” stressing that the annual budget of the NSCDC is almost N100bn.

“The assets and personnel of the NSCDC will be absorbed by the Nigeria Police. So, no loss of jobs.”

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