Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), is taking steps towards monitoring and evaluating its personnel, following the recent tragedy that took place on Sunday in Gombe state that saw 9 children die at the hands of a civil defense officer
Backstory: According to the Gombe State Police Command spokesperson, Obed Mary Malum, the victims who were all below 15 years-old, were killed by the NSCDC officer, and a police officer in his car, after a heated exchange.
She further stated that after the argument, the officers turned off their headlights, and rammed their car into the procession from behind, killing 8 children, and injuring over 30 others.
Malum also revealed that the officers were captured and killed in an attempt to get reparations, by an angry mob present at the scene including victims of the crash.
Moving Forward: In response to the unfortunate event, the Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana, has directed the Forensic Psychology unit of the force to create a timetable to psychologically analyze all personnel, as well as conduct a security profile.
In a statement made public by the Corps Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, the Commandant’s directive read, “Apart from testing to re-examine the psychological and physical stability of personnel, the Corps will embark on massive training and retraining programmes for all personnel, irrespective of cadre. I regret the incident and ask that people be calm as I assure you that justice will prevail.”
While reiterating that there was no religious connotation to the killing, he further explained that tests and profiling to be carried out would help prevent future mishaps in the force.