CSOs Demand an Investigation Into the Alleged Abuses of the NSCDC Commandant

May 7, 2024 | Security | 0 comments

The African Leadership Strategy and Transparency Development Initiative, alongside allied civil society organizations, has issued a pressing call for immediate action against Mr. Suleiman A. Jimoh, the Delta State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Comrade Nelson Ossaieze outlined serious allegations of abuse of power, extortion, assault, and violations of fundamental human rights under Mr. Jimoh’s leadership.

Ossaieze specifically highlighted the case of Mr. Nnamdi Okezie, who was unlawfully apprehended, detained, and subjected to extortion.

He further emphasized that Mr. Okezie’s experience sheds light on a disturbing pattern of arbitrary arrests and violence perpetrated by NSCDC officers, allegedly under Mr. Jimoh’s direction.

Ossaieze revealed that victims, including Mr. Okezie, reported incidents of physical assault and intimidation, indicating a culture of impunity prevailing within the NSCDC ranks.

The call for action extends to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging him to initiate a comprehensive overhaul of the NSCDC and instruct the Minister of Interior to conduct a thorough investigation into the accusations.

This demand underscores the critical importance of accountability and adherence to the rule of law within Nigeria’s security institutions.

Amidst ongoing calls for reform and transparency, the organizations reiterated their support for President Tinubu’s administration and stressed the urgent need to address corruption within the public service.

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