The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has rejected a viral video claiming that a member of the body confessed to being a bandit.
In the viral video, the suspected bandit, Mr. Abdullah Saidu, called himself a member of the body.
This is contained in a statement issued by NSCDC spokesperson Mr. Olusola Odumosu in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Saidu was arrested in connection with a group of armed bandits terrorizing parts of the Koton Karfe local government area in Kogi.
The spokesperson said the NSCDC had set up a team to investigate available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was corps personnel.
“The general public must be adequately informed of subsequent findings.
“Based on the above, the alleged video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership in the Corps.
“Experience has shown that criminals like to pose as security guards in order to distract, subvert the investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.
Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC has a responsibility to protect lives and property, among others.
“The Corps will in no way tolerate sabotage of national security or the sponsorship of criminals,” he said.
He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to fulfill its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.
He said the NSCDC will continue to work in synergy with sister agencies to tackle crimes in the country.