The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command has disclosed that the Command was partnering with youth leaders across the state to ensure adequate protection of government critical infrastructure.
This was made known by the state Commandant, Mr. Samuel Fadeyi, during an interactive meeting with newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday.
Fadeyi said that in view of the ongoing #EndSARS protests in some part of the country, the command has deployed all its personnel to critical government infrastructures in the state to ensure that hoodlums that are reported to have hijacked the protest do not loot, vandalize or destroy public properties.
According to him, the command has urged Akwa Ibom youths to see government infrastructure as belonging to them and should promptly provide information on any planned attack of the facilities in their communities to the agency.
And revealing details, he said NSCDC personnel have been deployed to all Telecom facilities, power, oil and gas, national asset and monuments, WAEC, JAMB, ExxonMobil offices and warehouses across the state.
“One of our main mandate is to secure national assets and infrastructure in the Federal, States and Local Governments.
“Especially, when a peaceful protest has gone violent and now some hoodlums started stealing and attacking some infrastructure.
“The Commandant General, Alhaji Mohammed Gana, has given us marching orders concerning critical assets in the country, and we must make sure we secure and nothing happened to them.
“For us in Akwa Ibom State before all these things happen, we had deployed our personnel to some critical asset.
“So, what I have done is to engage members of the public. Particularly, the youth leaders, because I realised that each community has their youth leader, people who influences others.
“All we want from them is information, we will analyse the information on our own part. So, we can deploy personnel to such infrastructure to forestall any attack”, he said.
He further explained that the command has stepped up intelligence gathering as the deployment and protection of all critical national assets would be permanent as the yuletide season approaches.
He warned people in the state against instigating youths to foment trouble and attack government facilities.