Vandalism: Lokoja Residents Accuse NSCDC Officers of Complicity
The dearth of infrastructural facilities for power and water supply in Lokoja, are caused by vandals in the Kogi State capital, residents cried out.
Residents who created scene protesting against suspected vandals with High Tension power cables around the Kogi State Government House in the Confluence City, Friday, accused the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) of giving vandals in the state “room to operate freely.”
They absolved the federal and states governments and blame the vandals for the inadequate power supply in the state, adding that “the NSCDC must double its efforts to continue to do the good work it was known for. What is happening in Lokoja is no longer speaking well of the corps. The vandals are now taking the day.”
It was reported that the core mandate of the NSCDC is to protect government properties from vandalism.
The suspected vandals threatened to beat up InsideStory reporter and destroy his camera in the presence of the NSCDC officers without them reacting. The officers told our reporters that they could only take snapshot of the allegedly vandalised electricity cables in their office, as they were taking the suspect to their command.
It was a shocker in the Command as both the vandals and the officers who arrested them were nowhere to be found.
Officers of the corps at the command refused to speak to InsideStory on the matter as our reporter was referred to the Corps Public Relations Officer who was not on seat.
Residents who spoke earlier with our reporter alleged that most of the arrested cases were hardly taken to the command by officers of the corps.
Abdulaziz Ndanusa said “if all the vandals that were arrested and handed over to NSCDC officers on patrol are taken to the command and prosecuted, the problem of vandalism, which is highly inimical to the growth of this city would have by now be reduced to the barest minimum.”
He alleged that it was “as if vandals are licensed by the corps to operate freely in Lokoja. Reporting vandals to the NSCDC has become a waste of time. The officers come around take the vandals in their vans and it ends there. We do not want to take laws in our own hands, but this cannot continue if nothing is done.”
They called on the Lokoja Command of the NSCDC to call their officers to order before “the good name of the corps is rubbished.”
“NSCDC is highly respected in this country, but it now appears that some corrupt elements are beginning to creep into the corps. The commandant must take note of this in the interest of the corps,” Ndanusa said.