A civil society organisation, Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) in collaboration with Nigerian Students Resource Center have applauded the safe school initiative championed by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) saying it will curtail the menace of kidnapping school children.

The groups also lauded the efforts towards ending of oil theft and vandalisation of pipelines in the country.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, convener of SNM, Rev Solomon Semakaa explained that the development has led to an increase in Nigeria’s crude oil output tremendously.

SNM stated that several illegal mining sites have also been destroyed across the country, saving Nigeria millions of dollars due to the renewed vigour by NSCDC, in conjunction with other security agencies to nip the menace in the bud.

SNM cited the revitalisation of the Safe School Initiative in response to the incessant cases of kidnapping and abduction of school children as landmark successes recorded by the NSCDC under the leadership of Dr. Audi Abubakarn

SNM argued that the initiative has, since its inception, drastically reduced the incidence of school abductions as it has deterred criminal elements who once exploited the porous nature of most schools especially in the rural areas for their criminal enterprise.

It added: “With kidnapping of vulnerable school children for ransom almost over, Nigerian students are happily back to school thanks to the dogged determination of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and joint efforts of security agencies.

“There’s therefore, every need to encourage the security agencies especially by providing critical intelligence to enable them respond proactively to threats.

“As a collective response to growing insecurity and its dynamism, the NSCDC and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have separately established the Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad (CG’s SIS) and the Inspector General of Police’s Special Intelligence Squad (IGP’S SIS) respectively.

“These initiatives serve to buttress the central role played by intelligence gathering in securing lives and property. These units have been functioning effectively and have led to high profile successes including the thwarting of kidnapping attempts and other criminal operations across the country.

“Intelligence sharing has also become much more easier through the establishment of these Special Special Units manned by incredible professionals. A synergy between the intelligence units of all the security agencies and military formations in the country is indeed what Nigeria needs to fight terror and insecurity headlong.

“Another feat worth mentioning is the establishment of a Special Female Arms Squad by the NSCDC. The initiative has shown that women have what it takes and given the right training, motivation and opportunity.

“The Female Arms Squad having undergone thorough trainings have assumed very strategic roles and are bringing glory to the country and restoring peace in troubled communities across the country.


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