The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Zamfara State Command has reiterated her resolve to combat crime and insecurity in the state to the barest minimum.
Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu, the State Commandant of the Corps stated this while presenting the annual reports of the year 2022 at the State Command Headquarters Gusau.
The State Commandant, said in the year under review, the Corps in a robust synergy with other sister agencies and relevant stakeholders has performed excellently well in combating crimes and mediating in Civil matters with the sole aim of restoring peace and normalcy to the state.
Commandant MB Muazu opined that during the year under review, the total of 711 cases were received by the various units of the Corps. Meanwhile, 168 out of these cases were treated by the intelligence and investigation unit , while 223 cases were handled by the anti graft units(ACTU and Anti Fraud units)and 320 of these cases were received by the Peace and Conflict resolution Unit of the Corps. The total of 44 cases were convincingly prosecuted accordingly.
Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu posited that in prosecuting the war against insecurity and brigandage, the Corps in the year under review has intercepted supplies of about 160 Motor Bikes known as (Boko Haram) to bandits in Zamfara State. He also said that supplies of premium Motor Spirit meant for bandits were also intercepted in large quantities during the stop and search operations by the Corps.
Other items intercepted as supplies to the bandits include intoxicants such as hard drugs, alcohol and other dangerous substances. The Corps also intercepted assorted foodstuff supplies and uniforms of various security formations meant for the brigands in the year under review.
Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu however reiterated his resolve to effectively rid the state of all manner of banditry activities, in that regard, the Corps was able to apprehend about 28 suspected informants to bandits across the state. They have been prosecuted by the Corps and remanded at correctional centers.
In the area of fight against vandals, the Commandant said that, the Corps in 2022 arrested vandals of armoured Cable worth 12milion Naira in Gusau metropolitan, he said that part of the cable was recovered from the criminals. These criminals were equally prosecuted and sent to remand homes.
He also opined that, in the year under review, the anti vandal unit of the Corps was able to apprehend a trailer load of decommissioned mast of NITEL which was suspected to have been vandalized from Talata Mafara Area and culprits were paraded and prosecuted.
The NSCDC helmsman in the state, Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu also assured the general public of safety of life and properties, justice and tranquility in the state. To this end , he said that the Corps in the year under review has through the anti graft units of the organization(Anti Fraud and the Anti Corruption and transparency units) embarked on zero tolerance to corruption and fraudulent activities. The total of Two Hundred and Twenty Three (223) cases were entertained by these units in the year under review.
Therefore, in the year 2022, the Corps was able to recover the total sum of One Hundred and Nineteen million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighteen Naira only (119,724,818.00) via the anti graft units of the Corps, which were monies that were fraudulently obtained by fraudster and Debtors. These monies were given to the rightful owners in due times.
Commandant MB Muazu, further opined that, the Corps is empowered by the Act of 2007 as amended, to meditate in cases of land dispute, marital crisis and other civil matters among willing parties. It is to this end that the Corps in Zamfara State was able to mediate convincingly on about 53 cases involving land disputes and settled perfectly about 267 cases involving Marital crises in the year 2022.
The State Commandant, Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu however reiterated that, the Corps under his watch in Zamfara State is poised to galvanize the visions and missions of the Commandant General, Dr Abubakar Ahmed Audi mni OFR as encapsulated in the five Rs: to revamp,rejig, reposition, rejuvenate and to restructure the Corps in line with international best
The State Commandant said that, the Corps will leave no stone unturned in order to achieve the desired goals and objectives.He therefore said that, the Corps in Zamfara State is poised to close ranks with other sister agencies to purge out insecurity, social vices and miscreants from the state in no distance time.
Speaking on the forthcoming general elections, Commandant Muhammad Bello Muazu, opined that the Corps in Zamfara State is apolitical and ready to close ranks with other sister agencies to ensure a peaceful and rancor free general elections in 2023. He therefore advised those who are fanning the embers of political crises to desist or relocate from the state as the law will deal decisively with anyone who contravenes the electoral Act and extant laws of the Federation.
Meanwhile, the State Commandant Charged the officers and men of the Corps in Zamfara State to redouble their efforts in the year 2023 in order to take the organization to an enviable height.
The Commandant however, thanked all stakeholders and other sister agencies especially the Commissioner of police, the Director State Security Services and all those whom the Corps has synergized with to make the year a success.
Ikor Oche SC
CDPRO Zamfara State Command.
For State Commandant.