From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, akure
there is a crack within the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), following alleged embezzlement of N300 million meant for the welfare of officers by the leadership of its co-operative society.
Indeed, Daily Sun learnt that some officers in the command are challenging their superiors over the alleged scam. They have petitioned the Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr. Abdullahi Muhammed Gana, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to probe the alleged graft.
The officers, under the aegis of Çoncerned Officers Forum, in the petition, asked the Commandant General to investigate the executive of the command’s cooperative society to unmask and punish the culprits.
The officers lamented that the leadership of the state command had done nothing to bring the perpetrators to book, in spite of series of petitions sent on the development.
One of the concerned officers said: “The executive of the co-operative society went ahead to access a loan of N300,000,000 from a branch of First Bank Plc in Akure, with the collaboration of the manager of the bank, and a civilian, using fictitious names and accounts of the people that were not officers of the corps without notifying us, and this is against the bye law of the NSCDC Cooperative Society.”
It was, however, gathered that the state command of the corps had acted on the matter by arresting the perpetrators last year. They were however, later released and since then, noting has happened.
Reacting to the development, the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Kayode Balogun, who confirmed the development said the perpetrators had been arrested and detained at the headquarters of the command in Akure.
He said: “We are not keeping quiet about the matter, the officers concerned have been arrested, and currently they are in the cell, while investigation is still going on.”