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We’ll sanction operatives who shot doctor’s car –NSCDC

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Desmond Agu, says two of his men, who allegedly harassed and shot at the car of a medical doctor in Yenagoa, will be severely sanctioned.

 Agu made the vow during a news conference at the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Friday.

 It was learnt that the incident, which occurred on April 28, 2017, had been generating concerns among members of the public.

 It will be recalled that a medical doctor, Bekewari Sampou, was allegedly harassed and his car shot at by two operatives of the corps; Akpoghomhe Jude and Ogodo Richman.

Agu, who confessed that the NSCDC was disturbed by any incident that tended to cast doubts on its integrity, also said that the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association had petitioned him on the matter.

He said, “Our operations and presence are geared towards protection of public interests by preventing and discouraging acts capable of sabotaging the economy and hindering public peace.

 In discharging our mandate, which are clearly spelt out, we emphasise strict adherence to the principles of human rights and the rule of law.

 “Our officers and men are trained to observe these principles and are constantly reminded to apply restraint, especially in their dealings with the public and resist any temptation that can make them misuse their fire arms.”

Agu further recalled that the Commandant-General of NSCDC had ordered full investigation into the April 28, 2017 shooting incident and added that a seven-man committee had been set up to that effect.

“We have, therefore, set up a seven-man committee chaired by Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department, Bayelsa State Command, Deputy Commandant Anyanwu G.C. Deputy Commandant Idima A.U will serve as the Secretary.

 “The committee is expected to submit its report on May 8, 2017. We appeal to the general public to remain calm as the committee undertakes its assignment. We assure you that if the operatives are indicted, they will never go unpunished,” he maintained.

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