Abuja-(NAN) The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed more than 200,000 personnel nationwide to check miscreants intending to hijack fuel subsidy removal protests to foment trouble.
Dr. Ade Abolurin, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, gave the figure on Friday in Abuja at a news briefing, saying the corps was ready to respond to any crisis.
Abolurin said there were 160,000 volunteers and 43,000 regular officers across the country who were ready to protect both protesters and government property from people whose intent was to cause trouble.
He said the corps was being proactive and was “ready to respond to any emergency anywhere and anytime”.
The commandant general explained that the NSCDC was aware of plans by people to take advantage of the current fuel subsidy removal protests to kill innocent people and destroy government installations.
“Although people are free to express their fundamental human rights such as the right to protest, but such a right has to be exercised peacefully, rationally and with some decorum.”
Abolurin said the resolve of the corps was to keep the peace during protests by “sensitising, informing the public and correcting the wrong perceptions Nigerians have about government policies”.
He gave assurance that the presence of the men and officers of the corps did not mean war on the people as their mandate was to ensure that lives and property were protected.
The NSCDC boss called on Nigerians to support government as its decisions were in the overall interest of the country and the citizenry.