Rivers State Commandant of theNigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Micheal Ogar, has been removed over a disagreement with members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

Ogar’s removal was ordered by NSCDC, Commandant General (CG), of the NigeriaSecurity and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi.

This was stated on Thursday by Commandant Olusola Odumosu, thespokesman of the Corps, who added that Ogar should hand over the affairs of theCommand to his Deputy, pending thedeployment of a substantive StateCommandant.

According to the statement, a thorough investigation panel has been commenced by the CG to look into the circumstances leading to the blockage of the entrance of the Rivers State Command of the NSCDC, located at Olu Obasanjo way, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday.

The committee, led by the DCG in charge of Operations, Dauda Mungadi, will conduct an objective investigation of theState Commandant’s and members of thecommand Anti-vandal team’s roles in thesituation.

Angry petroleum tanker drivers barricaded the entrance gate to the NSCDC Command in Port Harcourt in the early hours of Wednesday.

The tanker drivers were requesting therelease of four of their vehicles, which had been impounded by command authorities in August of last year.

One of the protesting drivers, Gift Nmadu, was quoted by Daily Trust saying: “Thetrucks had genuine clearance from thePPMC depot and the drivers concerned showed them all the papers but they went ahead to confiscate the trucks. We are here to press home our demand that they should release the trucks.”

The NSCDC CG, on the other hand, expressed surprise at NUPENG’s actions, stating they depicted a shocking picture and an unnecessary contrast to the Corps’ objectives.

Dr. Audi stated that any breach of confidence or perceived compromise by any personnel will not be tolerated.



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