Why I want NSCDC Scrapped
Hon. Shina Peller says he wants the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) scrapped to stop rivalry between the agency and the police.
He said both the NSCDC and the police now perform the same functions.
“Predictably, this overlap of functions and jurisdictions has led to increasing conflicts between the NSCDC and the Nigerian Police”, said Peller, in a statement on Saturday.
Peller said he has been misunderstood on his intention for the proposed bill.
“While some understand and align themselves with the points raised in the bill, some either unknowingly missed the points or deliberately misconstrued the content for reasons best known to them.
“The bill do not in any way seeks to render people jobless rather the bill proposes the transfer of assets and personnel of the NSCDC to the Nigera Police. In other words, assets and personnel will be absorbed by the Police; so there won’t be loss of jobs.
“Recall that the NSCDC was established by statute in the year 2003 to exist and operate as an ancillary force, assisting the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in maintaining public order, engaging with civilian populations in times of emergency, and other such adjunct functions.
“The creation of the Corps was supposed to free officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to focus on their core policing operations of protecting lives and ensuring the security of property.
“Since then, the nature of the NSCDC has changed. Rather than exist as, and perform the role of an ancillary force, the NSCDC now includes an armed component and performs policing functions across the country.
“Nigeria is faced with an unprecedented wave of different but overlapping security crisis, therefore, the government and legislature must be aggressively innovative in considering better options for a more effective national security architecture.
“In conclusion, fragmentation of security resources across multiple competing agencies is counterproductive, coupled with the fact that we have limited resources.