NSCDC cautions 272 officers trained in weapon handling by Army in Niger

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According to reports, the Niger State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps on Saturday warned the 272 officers and men that participated in its Course 4, 2016 training not to use what they acquired to intimidate or oppress people while discharging their duties.

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The State Commandant of the Corps, Philip Ayuba, gave the warning at the Course 4, 2016 graduation ceremony of Officers and men that were trained on basic regiment of weapon handling by the 31 Artillery Brigade in Minna.

Ayuba advised them to always exhibit professionalism and put into practice the rules of the engagement while carrying out their duties in a well dignified manner that will not jeopardise the vision and mission of NSCDC.

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He told the trained officers and men who participated at the four weeks intensive course on weapon handling to conduct themselves in a manner that will portray the image of the service and the Nigeria Army in terms of ethics in positive light.

“Any officer that uses the training he or she has gotten to intimidate or oppress a common man in the street will be dealt with accordingly,” he warned.

The commandant further commended the Artillery Brigade command for the knowledge impacted on his officers and men, adding that the training will add value to the corps.

The Artillery commander, Brigadier General Olarewanju Jimoh, who was represented by the Garrison Commander, Colonel Kaumi Zanna, charged the graduands to utilise the skills and all they have learnt to protect federal government’s assets.

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Also, the Commanding Officer of Artillery Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Mbanefo, said the participants showed a lot interest in learning and in character during the course of the training, which had enhanced the smooth conduct of weapon handling.

Mbanefo said: “It is customary in Nigeria Army to organised a passing out ceremony for the personnel who undergo a course in the Nigeria army.”

He gave the break down of the training to include weapon handling, which comprises both practical and theoretical.

Others are basic military training, which involved foot and arms drills, minor tactics, physical fitness and contemporary security challenges facing the country.

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According to Mbanefo, out of the 272 officers and men that participated in the training, their performance was graded as follows: 60 per cent of them scored above average, 25 per cent scored average and 15 per cent below average.

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