Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi State has promised that his administration would continue to support the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) discharge its responsibilities effectively for the development of the state.
The Governor, who was speaking when he received in the audience, the newly posted Commandant of the NSCDC, Ilelaboye Waide Oyejide at the Government House, lamented that the former Commandant was removed from Bauchi for doing good.
Bala expressed confidence that the new Commandant would discharge his responsibility effectively.
“The man that was brutally removed from here was my brother and he brought a lot of collaboration and synergy between the government and the Corps,” he said.
According to him, “What you have seen on the ground was because of him, but I think he was punished for being good and that is the collateral damage that he suffered because sometimes leaders bring politics into governance which is very unfortunate.
“You are always at the receiving end, you, the Command and what have you, but I wish you well and I wish the Commandant General well and we will continue to work with you; there is nothing personal about it, but certainly I wish him all the best because he’s one of the best persons I have met as an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps,” Bala pointed out.
The Governor, who explained that he had a very good relationship with the NSCDC, said his administration was always ready to lend support with the hope that the gesture will be reciprocated.
“We are only doing it on behalf of the people who brought us to power by the grace of God.
“I provided about ten vehicles for you so that you will be able to do complementary services to what the police and the Nigerian Army are doing. Because we believe in you but certainly we are doing it because we should have synergy and understanding,” the Governor said.
He further said that the government and the NSCDC must work hard to provide a conducive atmosphere for law-abiding citizens to sleep with their eyes closed.
While advising the officers of the NSCDC to be good all the time as a security agency that is very close to the people, he urged them to always work to rid communities of every criminal tendency and not abate it.
The newly posted Bauchi State Commandant, Ilelaboye Waide Oyejide said that his presence in Bauchi was to rid it of all illegal miners as well as to protect critical assets of the government.
Oyejide said that he would work towards ridding Bauchi State of illegal private security companies, adding that he has set the ball rolling by holding a stakeholders’ meeting with heads of private security companies operating in the state.
The Bauchi State NSCD Commandant, Oyejide added that he has since introduced night patrol to enable his officers to fight the menace of Sara suka thugs and kidnappers in the state.