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By Dedeigbo Ayodeji
The Commandant, Nigeria Security, and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Douglas Okoro has sounded a warning to all economic Saboteurs that have been attacking pipelines to desist from it as they are better prepared to tackle them.
He noted that despite their buffoonery, they will not allow economic saboteurs to frustrate their primary responsibilities of protecting critical national infrastructures in the country.
The NSCDC was speaking while receiving a delegation of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) led by its President, Samson Oki who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Alausa on Tuesday.
Explaining that they have been engaged in a lot of activities since the assumption of office noted that, “We don’t want pipelines to be vandalized. We are more proactive than ever before; by getting the state of the art equipment to be more effective and efficient. We cannot do it alone hence we are synergizing with other security agencies.
“Most importantly, we appreciate the press and would continue to work with you. Online platforms have been doing great and we want you to do more by reporting factual stories of happenings and developments in the country.
“We are partners in progress and we would continue to partner with you and will not rate you low in the scheme of things,” Commandant Eweka explained.
On the dent of infrastructure, he appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist the corps with space where they can build a befitting office for accommodation as where they are presently, is not enough for officers and men.
“At the moment, we are like tenants to the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) as we share the same complex with them. However, we are managing every situation to our own advantage.
“We have been doing a lot recently as we are ready to assist in traffic management, assist in the protection of lives and property, protection of critical national assets and infrastructure as well as combating oil pipeline vandalism.
Earlier, the President of NAOSNP, Mr. Samson Oki said NSCDC has shown its mantle in managing the security situation despite all distractions and security slumps in the country.
Particularly, since the assumption of office, CC Eweka has shown as a “man of action considering the security challenges in Nigeria today. He has maintained a good record of no stain. We are happy about your agency’s handling of the critical infrastructures but demands more proactivity to keep the vandals away from the pipelines.
“Ours, as journalists are to reports authentic facts as it happens. We are all aware that what fueled the anti-SARS protest was fake news, especially in social media. This, we at NAOSNP want to correct by being objective, factual, and give credible reports of events promptly.
“We are credible and reliable association with tested trained journalists. Ours is to change the narrative. What is needed is proper re-orientation.
“The narrative that goes out defines the society and what goes out is largely what people believe. We are not sensational either are we attackers or blackmailers but known for credible news and factual information dissemination,” Oki reiterated.
Accompanied the NAOSNP President on the visit included some Executive members of the association. In addition, some principal officers of NSCDC present included the Deputy Commandant, DCP Frederick Obimma, the spokesperson NSCDC, Lagos State Command, ASCI Abolourin Oluwaseun.