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CIVIL DEFENCE TO DEPLOY 2,000 FOR SECURITY IN LAGOS

THE Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says it is deploying 2,000 officers to curtail insecurity during the yuletide.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the corps in Lagos, Mr Chibuzo Mefor, told reporters in a telephone interview that measures had been put in place to map out the black spots, where miscreants usually used as hideouts.

Mefor said that the command would organise seminars and workshops for the neighbourhood watch and the vigilance groups across the state, on how to gather information on the activities of criminals and general intelligence gathering. “The black spots are dangerous spots where miscreants use as hideout to perpetrate their evil acts and are able to escape easily because they are familiar with the neighbourhood.”

“Two thousand officers of the agency are on ground and most of them will not be in uniform, so that they can not be easily identified. With collaboration from all security agencies and support from the public, arm robbery, pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country will soon be a thing of the past,” Mefor said.

Mefor, however, said that the country had lost billions of revenue resulting to billions of dollars due to the activities of the criminals through oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

He added that the agency had been proactive in responding to any distress or emergency calls, intercepting ongoing transaction of oil bunkering and vandalism perpetrated in the coastal area in the state.

The PRO urged public and private organisation to support the government by providing surveillance equipment and sophisticated weapons to stem the activities of economic saboteurs in the country.

For allegedly assaulting her sister and stealing her N10,000, a 29-year-old woman, Kelechi Okafor, on Monday appeared before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Kelechi, who resides at Ifelodun Street, Amukoko in Apapa, is being tried for a three-count offence of stealing, unlawful assault and breach of peace.

The Prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused committed the offences at her Amukoko apartment on Nov. 13 which she shared with her sister.

“The complainant said that she kept the sum of N 10,000 in her drawer, but to her surprise the money was no longer there when she checked. Oluchi decided to ask her sister about the money since she was there when she kept the money in the drawer. The complainant said that to her surprise, the accused started beating her and also tore her dress,’’ he said.

The offences, he added, contravened Sections 166,171 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Reports said that Section 171and 285 prescribe three years jail term for assault occasioning harm and stealing.

The accused, however, entered a plea of ‘not guilty’.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till Jan. 19, 2015 for trial.

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