The Commandant General of National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has banned members of the Civil Defence armed squad from display of firearms especially in public places.
This followed the reported accidental discharge by an operative of the NSCDC which led to the death of a chieftain of the Action Alliance in Imo State, Mr Ndubuisi Emenike, a statement from the Civil Defense PRO DCC Okeh Emmanuel said on Wednesday.
He declared this when he paid a condolence visit to the former governor of imo state and serving Senator Rochas Okorocha to commiserate with him on the demise of an illustrious son of the state.
Abdullahi said the order was necessitated by the need to prevent future occurrence of such costly accident, adding that any personnel caught flagrantly displaying or brandishing firearms in whatever circumstances or during any celebration risks dismissal.
“And henceforth, it has become an offence for armed bearers to stay within the immediate perimeters of any occasion; they must keep a 50 meters distance away from events or party venues,” the CG said.
He said the Corps will soon pay personal condolence visits to the immediate family of the deceased in Imo and Lagos states.