The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has sanctioned a total of 31 officers and men of the Corps over various offences.
The disciplinary action was announced by NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Dr Ahmed Audi, in a statement signed by the corps’ spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, on Monday in Abuja.
Audi said that 15 of the officers were dismissed, seven suspended, nine placed on compulsory retirement while one was interdicted and another demoted.
He said that the disciplinary action was approved by the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire and Immigration Board.
Audi explained that the officers were sanctioned for offences ranging from job racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, forgery, absence without leave, dishonesty and economic sabotage, among others.
Those dismissed included one Assistant Superintendent of Corps I, two Chief Corps Assistants, three Assistant Inspector of Corps (AIC), three Corps Assistants (CAIII), two CAII, one CAII, one Inspector of Corps and one AIC.
“The suspended officers include two Deputy Commandants of Corps, three Assistant Commandants of Corps, one Assistant Superintendent of Corps II and one CAII.
“The board also approved the interdiction of an Inspector of Corps (IC) and demotion of one IC,” he added.
The CG further said that the disciplinary action was part of measures to rid the service of bad eggs and ensure discipline.
He added that it was in line with his resolve to reposition and sanitise the corps against all forms of negative vices.
“The actions of the erring personnel made it imperative to invoke internal disciplinary mechanisms by setting up disciplinary committees.
“They carried out an investigation and orderly room trial for various offences and spelt out the recommendation of different sanctions to the board for approval,” he said.
The CG reiterated his determination not to allow errant officers to portray the corps in a bad light under his leadership.
He said that the sanctions would serve as a deterrent to others, as the corps will not condone any unethical conduct.
Audi called on all personnel to uphold the corps’ Standard Operating Procedure, Code of Ethics, discipline and adherence to Public Service Rules.
Audi however promised to reward officers and men who excel in their various assignments as a motivation for good conduct and dedication to service.