Civil Defence Inaugurates Citizens’ Integrity Unit to Fight Rape Epidemic

Civil Defence Boss, Gana

Civil Defence Inaugurates Citizens’ Integrity Unit to Fight Rape Epidemic 

– Opens ‘Black Book’ for perpetrators

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday, said it has created ‘Citizens’ Integrity Unit’ across its formations, to prosecute anyone culpable of Sexual Violence in the nation.

The Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu stated this at the management meeting held at his Abuja’s office.

Gana according to a statement issued and mailed to by his Media Assistant, Gbenga Okunola, said ‘Citizens’ Integrity Unit of the Corps was set up due to the predominant rate of rape and Citizens’ behavior in the society.

He stated that the Unit was also to bring justice closer to the door steps of Nigerians faced with such violence.

Gana said in the statement: “according to the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who mandated the Corps to establish the Unit; promoting citizens’ integrity has a bearing on efficiency, high ethical and moral conduct, responsiveness, commitment, patriotism, compliance with rules and regulations and pro-activeness in the discharge of our duties.  

“Promoting citizenship integrity also means treating them with dignity and respecting their essential humanity. The countries that respect, enhance and promote the integrity and dignity of their citizens have the most loyal and proud citizens and are the leading nations of the world”.

The NSCDC’s Commandant-General also appointed Mr. Augustine Obiekwe, an Assistant Commandant-General, as the head of the newly created Unit. The unit is said to comprise the staff from the Legal Unit with inclusion of women among the committee members.

Also, the Civil Defence Boss stated that a book tagged “BLACK BOOK” shall be opened for anybody that committed any form of crime against humanity in the society.

He stated that most perpetrators of the crime had succeeded in sending most women and girls to emotional and psychological torments by their actions.

He assured that the Corps will no longer spare or hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable to serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators.

On creating public awareness, the NSCDC’s Commandant-General said the Unit would also sensitize the public on the urgent need for the populace and victims of violence ‎to break the culture of silence and contact the Corps when the need arises.

He said the Corps is willing to partner the civil populace, organisations and those who had been victims in the past to rid the society of violence.

According to him, the Corps passion to fight misbehavior of Citizens, in order to have a peaceful society.

In his acceptance speech on the new task, the head of the newly creates Unit, ACG Obiekwe appreciates the management for the confidence reposed in him and promised to use his legal experience and knowledge to put an end to rape epidemic in the country. 

“As a lawyer, I understand what integrity of Citizens is all about, we shall do everything in our capacity to end rape in Nigeria”, he said.