7 Burnt to death: NSCDC denies shooting vigilante


Following the report of the burning to death of 7 persons in Enugu on Thursday, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Sunday, narrated its own version of the story claiming that the abduction of its officer on duty caused the incidence and that only one person was confirmed dead.
The Commandant of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, Mr Steve Amoga, who disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu, said that the protest after the incident was stage managed as placards started dotting the roads within few minutes of the incident.

He noted that the NSCDC officials were duly and officially mandated to decongest the New Market Road and its adjoining roads as well as ensure that traders trade in the market and not on the roads.

According to him, there was no gun shot fired on the commercial bus involved in the accident as claimed by the protesters.

“We have a directive from the state government that nobody should pick passengers along that road and its adjoining roads as well as keep the traders in the market.

“So, when the commercial bus driver stopped to pick passenger on the road, our operative on official duty accosted him; while telling him that it was wrong for him to do that.

“As our man entered the bus, bus driver zoomed off with him. So, other officers on ground chased after him; in the process, the bus fell into a ditch and caught fire.

“We only chased after the commercial bus with three passengers and a driver because he abducted our official and drove off with him,’’ he said.

The commandant, however, expressed regret that one of the passengers dead in the inferno that caught up with the vehicle while he was trapped; while the bus driver jumped out of the vehicle and made for his heel before the vehicle fell in a ditch.

He noted that the two other passengers in the incident and the official of the corps had been taken to hospital and they are currently under police custody.

“We are saddened for the loss of a life in the whole unfortunate incident, which was caused by the reckless bus driver, whom the police had already begun a manhunt on,’’ he said.

According to him; we are civil defence, we have always remain civil and civilian in our operations anywhere we are.

“The command has continued to ensure friendly posture with members of the public and made our operations seamless with human face,’’ he added.
7 Burnt to death: NSCDC denies shooting vigilante 7 Burnt to death: NSCDC denies shooting vigilante Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Rating: 5

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