- NSCDC officials in Lagos were involved in two separate illegal incidents that led to their arrests
- The two teams made up of 12 officers beat up tanker drivers in the state and stole from them
- They have now been suspended and detained for investigation
The Lagos state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has taken steps to discipline 12 officials involved in the alleged torture and robbery of two employees of an oil company.
According to the NSCDC, the 12 officers were suspended starting Thursday, May 11, and a panel has been set up to investigate the conduct of the operatives.
The victims, a tanker driver, Lawal Amobi, and the company manager, Tolu Oyinloye – have been invited to appear before the panel.
According to Punch, the officials stopped a diesel tanker which Amobi was driving around 6pm on Friday, May 5, along Wilmer Road, Ajegunle and asked him to produce his waybill and operating licence issued by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
The driver said he produced the waybill, but did not have the operating license at hand. The officials insisted and so he called his manager who brought a photocopy.
However, the officials turned violent and beat up Amobi and the manager, then robbed him of two phones and a sum of N35,000, while the manager was dispossessed of N70,000, a wristwatch and an Infinix phone.
The officials who wanted a bribe of N5,000 even shot at the victims while they were trying to escape after being beaten.
Amobi said: “The manager begged them with N500. They collected the money and entered into their van with the waybill and the photocopy of the DPR licence.
"We told them that there was still diesel in the truck and we had to tender the waybill if any other security agent stopped us. They just zoomed off in their van with number plate, CD 167 A01.
“As we followed the van, they suddenly parked on the Mile 2 Bridge and came down from the vehicle. They attacked me with blows, boots and the bottoms their rifles.
"They vowed to kill us. One of them collected a Techno phone I was using to make calls, while another dipped his hand into my pocket, took my second phone, iPhone 4, and the N32,000 on me."
It was also reported that another NSCDC team assaulted another tanker driver, identified as Abolore Ajiroba, on the same day.
Kehinde Bada, the spokesperson for the NSCDC said the two teams comprised 12 officials. She said they had been suspended and detained, adding that a disciplinary panel had been set up to investigate the matter.
Speaking on Thursday, May 11, she said: “The teams involved have been identified and a panel has been set up. The two victims have been invited.
"All the 12 officials involved have been placed on suspension effective from today and their suspension letters have been given to them while investigation is still ongoing. They are presently in the cell.”
Oyinloye confirmed that he and Amobi had gone to the command to write their statements as regards the incident.
“But the command did not say anything about the items and money that those officials stole from us. They were all shocked when they saw the extent of injuries inflicted on the driver and they apologised to us,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Apil 12, 2017, a suspected armed robber and an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, attached to the Bayelsa state command were killed in a gun battle.
According to the NAIJ.com report, the incident took place along Kolo Creek in Ogbia local government area of the state on Wednesday, April 12.
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