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NSCDC dismisses officer seen in viral video looting COVID-19 palliatives in Abuja

Valentine Chinyem

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Following a video which went viral on Tuesday, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has dismissed a Corps Assistant, Illiya Ibrahim, from service for looting COVID-19 palliatives from a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The video which was shared on Twitter, showed the NSCDC officer said to be attached to the Gwagwalada Division office, carrying some food items away from the warehouse, while wearing the NSCDC uniform at the scene.

In a statement titled ‘NSCDC dismisses officer for looting in Abuja’, the Media Assistant to the Commandant General of NSCDC, Ekunola Gbenga, on Tuesday, said Ibrahim went against all that the NSCDC stands for.

It read in part, “The Commandant General Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has approved the recommendation of the Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee for the dismissal of Illiya Ibrahim of the Gwagwalada Division for joining hoodlums in looting COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

“The recommendation was given after the officer was charged under the public service rule which is related to unbecoming conduct of officers.

“This disciplinary measure was taken after series of investigations and deliberations by the junior disciplinary committee and recommendations were made to the management.

While praising its officers for being lae abiding, the CG also thanked the public for providing useful information that has continued to assist the Corps in identifying unfit individuals within the ranks for appropriate action.

“He tasked the personnel to remain committed, resolute, and firm in the discharge of their duties.”