The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno Command, on Monday said it had started training 50 civilians on surveillance and intelligence gathering to curtail terrorism in the state.
Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, NSCDC commander in the state, stated this during the graduation of participants of the training organised by the Crime Prevention Campaign of Nigeria (CPCN) in Maiduguri.
Abdullahi said that the participants were trained to provide surveillance at motor parks, shopping malls, market places, drinking spots, gambling centres and ghetto areas in the state capital.
He said that the training was part of measures to avert occurrences of suicide bomb attacks on the town by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The training is timely
“The training is timely, especially with the re-emergence of suicide bombers in their desperate attempt to cause havoc and instill fear in the minds of the people of the state.
“It is no longer news that terrorism and the strangulating insurgency have done a great harm in the country, especially the North Eastern region.
“All hands must be on deck to see that these bad elements do not resurface again,” said Abdullahi.
Also speaking, Brig.-Gen. Jubril Muhammad, the Garrison Commander of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, commended the NSCDC for the initiative.
According to him, the initiative will go a long way in curtailing terrorist activities.
Muhammad, therefore, charged the participants to always verify their information before passing it across to the relevant security agencies for necessary actions.