The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has denied reports that its personnel on Wednesday, opened fire on innocent civilians in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, injuring two.
The Plateau State Commander of the Corps, Mr. Sodengi Bature, denied the allegations yesterday while speaking with journalists in Jos. According to him, “The allegations are false and unfounded. It is not true.
“No NSCDC staff shot at any one yesterday (Wednesday) rather, it was the suspects who were trying to disarm my people. Therefore in self defense NSCDC officials tear-gassed the suspects to enable them effect arrests.”
It was gathered that two persons were shot at Bukuru, headquarters of Jos South Local Government on Wednesday night and were hospitalised.
The persons shot are said to be currently receiving treatment at the Airforce Military Hospital in Jos after sustaining gunshot wounds in the leg and arm.
A source told journalists yesterday that the shots where fired by officers of the NSCDC in Bukuru, Jos South local government.
The alleged victims were named as “Ali Abubakar, 25, and Ibrahim Abubakar, 30.”
Bature further claimed that “the incident occurred as a result of disagreement between our men and the suspects, who were allegedly illegally operating a business in a location that government has prohibited.”
According to him, “Our men who are involved in the allegation of shooting were part of the team on Jos city renewal task-force assignment when the incident occurred yesterday (Wednesday). Eye witnesses can testify, because the incident happened near a busy environment and highway, no force was used on the said people as is being speculated.”
He said officers of the civil defence are “responsible, gallant and civil enough to deal with the public in a most civilized manner and have been warned not to use the weapons in their possession indiscriminately because they stand the risk of losing their jobs and still be punished accordingly.”
Bature had during the recent graduation of some officers of the corps said, “Any armed squad personnel of the corps who commit the slightest offence in the handling and use of the fire arms, must not only be dismissed but be prosecuted immediately including anyone who in the process is presumed to be involved or aided or abetted in committing the offence.”