Dr. Ahmed Audi, Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said some security services personnel serve as informants for criminals.
On Tuesday, the CG made this statement at a stakeholders’ summit on the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure in Abuja, held at the NAF Conference Centre.
I believe you will agree that these criminal elements are strengthened not only by informants in security formations, but also by informants in the society; therefore, we need to involve our traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, politicians and youth leaders in the effort to find solutions to this menace.
Audi said the rise in crimes posed a threat to critical national assets and infrastructure, citing Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Borno, and other states in the north.
Furthermore, he emphasized the need for security agencies to rethink their strategies to protect the nation’s assets from criminal elements.
CG Lai Mohammed expressed concern over a statement by the Minister of Information that the federal government spends N60 billion yearly on the repair and maintenance of vandalised oil pipelines across the country and urged a new strategy to protect national assets from criminal elements.
Government is heavily investing in providing basic infrastructures in the country, according to Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Schools and educational institutions are classified as critical national assets and infrastructure that require more attention for a safer and more secure teaching and learning environment.
“The federal government, the state governments and local governments are investing heavily in building infrastructure that would support job creation, poverty alleviation and people’s comfort and well-being in Nigeria,” he said.