Reps Debate Bill To Scrap NSCDC
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Reps Debate Bill To Scrap NSCDC


In the House of Representatives, a bill to abolish the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been introduced.

Shina Peller (APC, Oyo) sponsored the measure, which was read for the first time on Tuesday. It proposes repealing the NSCDC Act of 2007 and transferring the agency’s staff and assets to the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr Peller proposes, according to the bill’s description, to establish a transition management committee to oversee the NSCDC, write regulations, and implement processes for the transfer of the Corps’ assets and employees to the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr Peller claims that the NSCDC’s expanded activities are a duplicate of police mandates. He went on to say that the agency is currently a waste

“Fragmentation of security resources across multiple competing agencies is counterproductive.

“The mandate of the NSCDC has expanded that it has now become a duplication of the Nigeria Police Force. This has led to avoidable conflicts.

“Every single function of the NSCDC can be done or is being done by the Nigeria Police Force. He added that,” it is a “waste of scarce resources which has an annual budget of almost 100 billion.”

Mr Peller noted that “the assets and personnel of the NSCDC will be absorbed by the Nigeria Police, hence, no loss of job.”

According to Section 5 (3) of the Act, the Attorney-General of the Federation will “have the power to arrest with or without a warrant, detain, investigate, and institute legal proceedings by or in the name of the Attorney-General of the Federation in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against any person who is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence under this Act in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against any person who is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence

Before being passed or rejected, the bill will go through the legislative procedure.


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