NSCDC penetrates Ogun riverine areas to enforce lockdown order


The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said on Saturday that it had penetrated the riverine areas of the state, to ensure full compliance with the lockdown order to check the spread of Coronavirus.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Dyke Ogbonnaya,  said this in a statement he  issued in Abeokuta.

Ogbonnaya said that the NSCDC had maintained constant surveillance around the riverine areas which had always been considered as difficult terrain to access.

He explained that the corps had to travel and access the areas through canoes.

“All major river border areas are being strategically manned since the commencement of the lockdown on Friday by the corps to forestall possible attempts at crossing through such routes to other parts of the state.

“No fewer than 45 personnel were deployed in the riverine routes including Akere in Ipokia Local Government area and Makun-Omi in Efire community of Ogun–Waterside Local Government area.

“Meanwhile, our land borders across the state are also under close monitoring by a task force team comprising the NSCDC, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), the Department of State Services (DSS) and in case of emergency situations, the Nigerian Army,” he said.

The PRO added that the Commandant of the NSCDC in Ogun, Hammed Abidunrin, and the heads of other security agencies in the state had continued to move round to ensure compliance with the directive.

He said that Abodunrin had directed the NSCDC personnel “to keep an eye on all critical assets of the Federal and Ogun Governments while they continued to enforce the directive.”

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