From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja
Federal Government, yesterday, presented a total of two million, eight hundred thousand naira (N2. 8 million) to the family of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer killed when the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists attacked the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre.
Presenting a cheque of N2.5 million and a cash gift of N300,000 to Mrs Elizabeth Abraham and daughter, Abimiku Blessing at the corps National Headquarters in Abuja, the Commandant General (CG) of NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, consoled the family over the loss of their bread winner and encouraged them that the officer would be remembered as a hero, who died in active serve.
He explained that the money given to the family was in fulfilment of his promise to ensure that necessary compensation is given to the family in due time, stressing that, it is an intervention from government and the corps to assist the deceased family in ameliorating some burial expenses.
He pledged his administration’s support to the family of the slain personnel and reiterated his unflinching commitment to the welfare of all officers and men of the corps.
The CG assured the daughter of the late Inspector Iliya of employment into the corps as soon as the Federal Government gives approval for recruitment into the service.
Recall that the unfortunate incident of July 5, 2022, at Kuje Medium Custodial Center, where armed insurgents invaded the facility, resulted in the death of Abraham Iliya, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command while he was on duty.
The Commandant General assured the nation that the corps will not be deterred from protecting critical national assets and infrastructure, lives and property of law-abiding citizens and regulation of private guards amongst other mandates of the corps.
The CG seized the opportunity to call on zonal commanders, state commandants, area commanders, CG’s Special Intelligence Squad, CG’s Special Anti-vandal Squad and Components Commanders etc, to continue to develop new strategies as they work in synergy with other security agencies in confronting all forms of security challenges affecting the country.
In a statement, Director, Public Relations of the corps, Olusola Odunosu, said that the CG renewed his call on all citizens to continue to assist security agencies with useful and timely information to nip criminal activities in the bud, noting that all challenges of insecurity affecting Nigeria are surmountable.