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Yuletide: Abia NSCDC, Navy parley over security in South-East

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UMUAHIA- The Abia Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has said that it will continue to collaborate with other sister security agencies for enhanced peace and security in the state.

The command disclosed this in a statement issued at the end of a crucial meeting between its Commandant, Mr Paul Igwebuike,  and the Commandant, Nigerian Navy College of Accounts and Finance, Owerrinta, Capt. Osuolale Eyitayo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting took place at the NSCDC Headquarters in Umuahia.

The statement quoted Igwebuike to have described NSCDC and the Nigerian Navy as “age-long dependable allies”.

He said that the meeting “offered a very important opportunity to strengthen the existing relationship between both agencies and to plan ahead on Yuletide security operations”.

He said: “This meeting is indeed very strategic in many respects.

“Beyond the normal familiarisation visits by newly deployed Service Commanders, we have an opportunity here to review strategies, strengthen existing collaboration.

“It is also an opportunity to emplace measures towards efficiently securing lives and critical assets and infrastructure in the South-East in particular,  especially ahead of the Yuletide.”

The Abia NSCDC boss described the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Audi, as “an ardent believer and promoter of synergy.

“The gains of synergy imply a tremendous reduction in inter-agency supremacy struggles,” he said.

The statement, which was issued by the Command’s Spokesman, Agu Ndukwe, further quoted the Navy Commandant to have thanked his host for the warm reception.

Eyitayo was reported to have assured NSCDC of the willingness of his organisation to continue to work closely with the corps to achieve greater results.

He said that both NSCDC and the Navy must always work in synergy to fulfill the mandates of discouraging oil theft, petroleum pipeline vandalism and all forms of illegal dealings in petroleum products in the country.

Other very senior officers of the command were present during the visit.
Ndukwe stated that both security chiefs exchanged protocol plaques at the meeting. (NAN)