Officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Anambra State, have been charged to redouble their efforts in intelligence gathering to effectively combat insecurity.
The newly deployed Commander, Zone K of NSCDC, Assistant Commandant General Raji Ibrahim, gave the directive on Wednesday, during the decoration of recently promoted officers of NSCDC, Anambra State Command yesterday in Awka.
The newly created Zone K of NSCDC with headquarters in Awka, comprises Anambra and Enugu states.
The two states in the South-East geo-political zone was initially under Zone G with headquarters in Benin, while the remaining Ebonyi, Abia and Imo states have their zonal headquarters in Owerri, Imo State.
ACG Ibrahim who was addressing the newly promoted officers of the NSCDC, Anambra State Command, noted that intelligence gathering is key to security operations, adding that with the challenges before security agencies, the personnel must raise the tempo of information and intelligence gathering to perform.
“The challenge before us as security operatives, is that of information gathering and this is very important in the fight against insecurity. We cannot win this war if we work blind. Therefore, NSCDC officers and men are advised to pay more attention to intelligence gathering to be able to do well in this assignment,” he advised.
Ibrahim commended the promoted officers, noting that a lot is now expected of them with their new positions.
Following the release of result for 2019 Promotion Exercise conducted by Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), a total of 130 officers (64 newly promoted, 66 Upgraded and Converted) benefited in Anambra State.
Among the newly promoted Officers to the rank of Deputy Commandant of Corps were DCC Alex Osilim (Head of Agro Rangers Department), DCC (Dr.) Ekeopara Solomon (Head of Solid Minerals Unit), DCC (Barr)Japhet Okafor (Head of Legal Unit), DCC Benedict Onyeaghala ( Head of PGC Department), DCC Anyanwu Kennedy ( Head of Training Department), DCC( Dr. )Judith Udemezue (Head of Crisis Management Department) and DCC Eze Christopher (Head of Departmental Security Office).
Others were DCC Obiefuna Ifeyinwa (Head of Planning, Research and Statistics Department PRS, DCC Mercy Duru (Head of Servicom Unit) while among those promoted to the rank of Assistant Commandant of Corps were ACC Ejike Okeke (Officer in charge of Special Duty), and ACC Ezego Cordelia (Head Anti Fraud Unit) and many others on various ranks.
Mr David Billie, Anambra State Commandant of NSCDC, in his remarks, urged the elevated officers to see the promotions as a motivation to do more.
Billie who was visibly elated at the event, noted that the 2019 exercise was the batch with the highest number of promoted officers since the establishment of the command.
Billie later told TNC correspondent that the command has mapped out plans to ensure intensified operations across the state in collaboration with sister agencies, ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
“Apart from the inter-agency collaboration arrangement, NSCDC under my watch is doing everything possible to ensure that Anambra people sleep with their two eyes closed this festivities,” he said.
Dr Ekeopara and Mr Osihem, two of the officers promoted to deputy commandant of corps in their separate speeches thanked the Commandant General of corps for the promotion, assuring on behalf of their colleagues to do more in the service of the agency.