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Civil Defence sacks officer seen in viral video with COVID-19 relief items

Raw food items such as cartons of noodles, milk, tinned tomatoes and bags of rice were plundered by the looters.

• October 28, 2020
Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). [CREDIT: NSCDC Website]
Abdullahi Gana, the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). [CREDIT: NSCDC Website]

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has fired Illiya Ibrahim on Tuesday for gross misconduct.

Mr. Ibrahim, a corps assistant, was recommended for dismissal by an internal disciplinary panel after he was seen in a viral video carting away COVID-19 palliatives found in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.

Mr. Ibrahim, who was on duty and in uniform, helped himself to the loot as hundreds of vandals, Monday, broke into the warehouse believed to contain COVID-19 relief items placed in the custody of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Raw food items such as cartons of noodles, milk, tinned tomatoes and bags of rice were plundered by the looters.

Mr. Ibrahim’s dismissal was announced in a statement issued yesterday by the paramilitary institution titled ‘NSCDC dismisses officer for looting in Abuja’.

“The Commandant General Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has approved the recommendation of the Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee for the dismissal of Illiya Ibrahim of the Gwagwalada Division for joining hoodlums in looting COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Gwagwalada, Abuja”, Mr. Gana’s spokesman Ekunola Gbenga said in the statement. “The recommendation was given after the officer was charged under the public service rule which is related to unbecoming conduct of officers.”

There have been reports of similar invasions of warehouses holding coronavirus supplies in Lagos, Kwara and many other parts of the country.
The looters, Peoples Gazette learnt, accused politicians of hoarding the donated supplies with intention to resell them for personal financial gains. 

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