The Federal Government has approved funds for the procurement of intelligence gathering equipment and gunboats for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) which will be deployed in states for surveillance and operations.
The NSCDC CG, Dr Ahmed Audi disclosed this to journalists during the Commandant-General Conference at the NSCDC headquarters, in Abuja.
Although he did not disclose the cost of the equipment, he said “the hardware would further strengthen the agency’s capability to gather intelligence which would be shared with other security outfits to address the insecurity across the country.”
He said, “We all know the place of credible and actionable intelligence in proactively addressing security threats, hence the need to improve on your performance in the area of prompt and timely submission of intelligence is very imperative.
“To this end, the management is taking measures towards improving the skill and capacity of the corps by collaborating effectively with relevant stakeholders, sister agencies, and relevant government agencies as well as international organisations to assist in training and capacity development of the corps personnel, particularly in the area of surveillance and intelligence gathering to further improve on the competences and proactiveness of the corps personnel.”
“The Federal Government has approved the purchase of sophisticated intelligence equipment for deployment in states. The government has also released money for gunboats for surveillance and operations.”
“The brazenness and boldness with which criminal elements now carry out their lawless and nefarious activities should re-awaken the sensibilities of security personnel to rise up to their responsibilities,” he added.