Audi begins forensic investigation into NSCDC extortion video


The Commanding General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has set up a commission to investigate a viral video of personnel caught extorting money from an oil trader in Rivers State.

This is contained in a statement by NSCDC Spokesperson Olusola Odumosu yesterday in Abuja.

Audi has promised to deal with officers who were allegedly caught on CCTV extorting money from oil workers in Port Harcourt.

Audi, in a statement from the Corps’ Public Relations Director, DCC Olusola Odumosu, threatened that any officer indicted by the forensic panel would be used as a scapegoat, to send a strong message to other criminally-minded personnel. .

The threat follows a video released online, showing NSCDC staff captured by CCTV, extorting money from an independent oil trader in Rivers State.

He said he instructed the panel to conduct a forensic review of the trending video, identify those captured and recommend appropriate punishments, in accordance with civil service rules.
The CG gave the panel a week to authenticate the video and submit its report.
The statement reads in part: “I will scapegoat these evil elements of the system to deter others like them, if what is seen in this video is correct.
“This will be the last time a member of this service will be implicated in such a heinous crime, enough is enough.
“The corps is here leading the fight against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering and some bad eggs within the service are sabotaging our efforts giving us a bad name and image,” he said. declared.
Audi reiterated that its administration would never condone any action that would compromise the public interest and the body’s mandate to safeguard critical national assets and infrastructure.
“Any officer caught in violation of standard operating procedure and the corps code of ethics will be dealt with decisively, regardless of rank, status or birth.
“Just last week I read the ‘Riot Act’ to all Anti-Vandalism Unit Leaders in the Niger Delta region, this time around I will make sure anyone who drags our name through the mud is shown the exit,” the statement concluded.


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