From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
The Deputy Commander General (DCG), Corps of Commissionaire, Brigadier General David Buba (retd), yesterday, said members of the Nigerian Legions Corps Commissionaire are often being brutalised by the Nigerian Armed Forces or the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force because the operation of the Corps is not known to them.
He made the disclosure during his official working visit to the Edo State Command of the corps, in Benin City, adding that his administration is poised to putting an end to such maltreatment, through visitations to the various military commands, to inform them of the activities of the corps with a view to fostering cordial relationships among them.
“My purpose of coming here is to achieve my dream of rebranding. I want to rebrand how we do things, so that when we are competing with other people outside, they will say, yes, I better go for this because, if you don’t rebrand, your market will be falling.
“So, I am following the economist’s thinking that, let us rebrand ourselves and tell people who we are, what we can do, and do it very well. Basically, I have taken my time in all the visit I’ve conducted, to make people aware because, if they don’t know you, they can’t work with you, and if they do not know you, also, you will be clashing with them in the way you are conducting yourself, which I don’t want.
“I have been getting reports of some of my men being mishandled by members of the armed forces or by police, and it is because they don’t know you.
“So, all the places I visited, all the states, what I did and which I am going to do here, is to visit the command of the military in that location, meet with their officers and commander, and explain to him why the existence of the Nigerian Legions Corps Commissionaire and some of them confessed to me that they are just knowing it now that they have been seeing people wearing green like them, who they didn’t know.
“I told them that these people you are seeing are being trained by armed forces and they are the offshoot of the Nigeria Legion,” he said.
Buba also urged members of the Corps of Commissionaire, Nigerian Legions, to uphold a high sense of discipline in the discharge of their duties, as they partner other security agencies in reducing crime and criminality in the state.
The DCG further charged them to work hard to earn promotion, as the rules of promotions would be followed to the letter, just as he tasked them to always follow the chains of commands in the Nigerian Legions, to avoid undue conflict in the system.
Buba, who also visited the chairman, Nigerian Legion of ex-service men/women, Edo State command, Sir Ignius Enabulele, assured him of training the backlogs of personnel who were yet to be trained.
Earlier, the state Corps commandant, Corps of Commissionaire, Nigerian Legions, Eguakun Monday, said the visit of the DCG has boosted their morale just as he expressed confidence in his leadership style in moving the corps forward in the country.