By Prince Sekat,Jos
The attention of Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been drawn to a publication in the media about an unfortunate and regrettable incident of assault on one Mrs. Joy Owolabi, a shop owner around the Nanmua Junction of Abattoir in Jos, Plateau State by a personnel of the Corps.
Worried by this unfortunate incident, the State Commandant, Alexander Bissa Barunde, who described the incident as barbaric, unfortunate, regrettable and uncivilised has since directed a full investigation into the matter to ascertain the real identity of the suspect.
The State Commandant assured the general public that, he would invoke internal disciplinary mechanism of the Corps to deal with the officer involved in this babaric act against a harmless and helpless woman.
He condemned the act and wondered why an officer of the Command will condescend to the point of inflicting bodily harm on a woman under any circumstances.
Barunde affirmed the Corps’ commitment to the protection of lives and property of the citizens, stating that this is just an isolated case of an overzealous officer and the matter would be pursued to a logical conclusion and the concerned officer brought to book.
While apologising to the family of the woman concerned, he assured that the matter would not be swept under the carpet but that, decisive action will be taken against the culprit as soon as the outcome of the investigation is made available to him and the culprit identified.
He warned that he will not condone any indiscipline from any officers of the Command and charged them to remain civil in approach while carrying out their lawful duties.
He cautioned his personnel to be professional and to respect the fundamental human rights of the citizens because henceforth, any report of human right abuse by any civilian will attract very stringent punishment.