Fifty  arms-bearing herdsmen in Ekiti, Borno and Cross Rivers States have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, said this on Wednesday while presenting licences to private guard operators.
He said, “We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realised that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping.”
“The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country.”
Dr. Ahmed noted that the arrest of the illegally-armed herdsmen shortly after his assumption of office was an indication of his determination and zeal to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate.
He added, “It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers and to also give some security protection to our agro-allied investments.”
Meanwhile, he charged the private security guards to be pro-active and up and undoing. He encouraged them to contribute their own quota in the security ecosystem.
He read the Riot Act to the private guard operators and warned that their licences would be withdrawn if they engaged in unethical practice.
H said, “Some of the unethical practices you should avoid are the adoption of ranks or other accoutrement used by the military or other regular security agencies.”
He charged the operators to make sure the welfare of their employees are well taken care of.