Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu, has directed the deployment of 40,000 personnel to provide maximum security during the Sallah celebration across the country.
A statement by NSCDC’s head of Press and Public Relations, Emmanual Okeh, noted that the Commandant-General made this known to newsmen during a media parley and breaking of fast at his official residence on Saturday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Mohammadu assured Nigerians that, in spite of the uncertain security situation in some parts of the country, adequate preparation was being made to protect critical areas such as places of worship, markets and schools, among other soft targets.
He, however, called on Nigerians to be extra vigilant and security conscious at all times by reporting strange movements and objects around them to the security personnel; noting also, that the NSCDC was prepared to protect all critical national assets such as telecommunication masts and oil pipelines, among others, in collaboration with other security agencies.
“In our efforts to fight miscreants and criminally-minded individuals, who see festive periods as the time to perpetuate their nefarious activities, all hands must be on deck in the areas of intelligence-gathering and reporting all suspicious behaviors to relevant security authorities.”
While felicitating with all Nigerians, especially the Muslims on the Sallah celebrations, he urged them to continue to imbibe the spirit of peaceful coexistence and tolerance at all times.