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Monday, 5 December 2016

NSCDC Enlists Relatives Of Powerful Nigerians Through The Back Door

The authorities of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have enlisted about 100 candidates into its service without the recruits undergoing paramilitary training.

Investigations showed that the candidates are relatives, wards and protégés of politicians, influential personalities and traditional rulers from the northern part of the country.

A highly placed source told Punch that the recruits were brought into the NSCDC through the back door in what the authorities of the corps described as replacement.

It was learnt that most of the recruits were engaged through the influence of the Commandant-General of the corps, Muhammadu Gana.

Findings indicated that the recruits, who were engaged a few months ago, had been placed on the payroll of the NSCDC to enable them receive salaries and other allowances.

A source said, “Just like the illegal recruitment that took place at the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Federal Fire Service and other federal agencies, the NSCDC has taken a cue from them by engaging close to 100 recruits who are the wards of politicians and northern traditional rulers.

“The recruits did not even go for the usual paramilitary training. They were simply issued letters and asked to resume.”

But the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, denied the recruitment, saying the corps could not hire new recruits because there was no provision for their salaries in the budget.

Okeh said, “It is not true, we did not recruit new personnel. How can we recruit when we do not have provision for their salaries in the budget? Agencies like the CBN and FIRS, which carried out recruitment like you said, are revenue-generating agencies; we are not like them, we don’t generate revenues.”