Families Of 7 Slain NSCDC Officers Get Cheques, Automatic Job

KADUNA – Bereaved family members of the seven personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who were ambushed and killed by bandits in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State, have been offered automatic employment into the Service.

This is aside the presentation of cheques of undisclosed amount of money to Next-of-Kins of the seven fallen heroes as a token of support pending the payment of their accrued benefits.

The Corps commandant-general, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, in a statement signed by the Service director of public relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, disclosed this when he led top management team of NSCDC on a personal condolence visit to the bereaved families in Kaduna State.

Audi, who acknowledged losing gallant officers, who paid the supreme price in their line of duties prior to the Kaduna incident, said none of the previous occurrences rattled him like the Birnin-Gwari tragic incident.

He, however, announced that payment of death benefits and other entitlements due to the deceased officers were being processed through the office of the Minister of Interior to help ameliorate the pains of those they left behind.

The NSCDC boss, who who further described the killing of the seven gallant officers as colossal, charged other personnel not to be deterred by the ugly incident, saying, instead, they should continue to put in their best for a more secured country.

He said, “Death is inevitable, it is heart touching losing the personnel.
Although, this is not the first time we are losing personnel, but it’s so painful that we lost seven personnel at a time.

“It is a great loss, that is why I am here personally, to encourage all of you, to continue to do your best and not give up.”

He stated that the Corps, under his watch has been settling burial benefits, entitlements, accident and group life Insurance policies to personnel as and when due.

He said that upon assumption of duty as CG about two years ago, backlog of salaries and arrears had been cleared with a few pending, which would soon be settled.

The NSCDC commandant-general, who was visibly emotional during his address, also delivered the message of the Minister of Interior to the bereaved families.

He said, “the minister sent his condolences, and directed me to inform you that he is with you on this journey and would ensure that the federal government continues to support the Corps at all time.”

Furthermore, the CG announced the approval of one slot for each family as replacement of the slain officers as approved by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“This is a Service that has its personnel in mind. It is my vision to champion the cause of promoting personnel welfare in the Corps. The minister has approved one slot each for you to replace your husbands.

“I have also directed the Kaduna State Commandant, Idris Yahaya, to liase with you on getting your details across to us in Abuja,” CG Audi added.

The CG appreciated God for sparing the life of SCA Thomas Hassan, the only survivor of the attack, who was admitted in an undisclosed hospital following the attack but has since been discharged.

In order to encourage him and others, the CG announced his elevation to the rank of Inspector of Corps (IC) from Senior Corps Assistant (SCA) and immediately decorated him with his new rank even as he charged him to teach others the manoeuvring tactics used to survive such dangerous attack in order to minimise casualties in case of similar confrontation in the future.

He reiterated the commitment of the Corps towards collaborating with other security agencies in dealing with hoodlums in the language they understand in line with presidential directive.

Dr Audi commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his relentless effort towards providing relevant platforms to contain various security threats across the country.

Assistant commandant-general (ACG), Zone B, Muhammad Haruna, who received the CG in Kaduna, expressed appreciation on behalf of all the personnel from the zone for his welfare policy since his assumption of office.

He commended the effort of the CG in lightening the burdens of the deceased family members left behind, stressing that the visit no doubt encouraged, motivated and gave succour to the injured and broken hearted within and outside the Corps.

In his vote of thanks, representative of the deceased families, Mallam Baba Ladan, thanked the Minister of Interior, the CG, ACG Zone B, the Kaduna State Commandant and all officers and men nationwide for their prayers and for standing by the families during their period of grief.

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