‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of its officer assigned to Shina Peller, the legislator representing the lseyin/ltesiwaju/ Kajola/lwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo state in the House of Representatives.
An aide to the lawmaker confirmed the development on Wednesday.
The is coming hours after the lawmaker, who represents lseyin/ltesiwaju/Kajola/lwajowa federal constituency of Oyo state, sponsored a bill seeking to scrap the security agency.
Daily Courier reports that the bill, which has passed first reading, seeks to establish a transition management committee to superintend over the agency, develop regulations and implement procedures for the transfer of assets and personnel of the corps to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Peller had said the mandate of the NSCDC has “expanded that it has now become a duplication of the police and has led to avoidable conflicts.”
He said the duties of the NSCDC are being performed by the police, adding that retaining the former is a “waste of scarce resources”.
However in a letter dated February 2, 2022, and addressed to Peller, NSCDC said it is withdrawing its personnel for an “urgent national security assignment”.
“Following the directive of the Commandant General on the necessity of the deployment of the command personnel for an urgent National security assignment, on behalf of the State Commandant, I hereby withdraw the personnel attached to you, this is to meet up with the urgent national need.
“Any inconvenience this might cause is highly regretted”, the letter signed by Sotito Igbalawole, head of administration, Oyo state command of the NSCDC, read.