The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abia Command, says it has deployed 2,500 operatives in strategic locations in the state ahead of the Easter celebration.
This is contained in a statement by the Command’s spokesman DSC Agu Ndukwe, and issued to newsmen on Friday in Umuahia.
He said the operatives were deployed in strategic locations across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to Ndukwe, the operatives comprised 2,000 personnel recently trained on Counter-Terrorism, Strategic Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Abuja and 500 others from various units of the command.
He further stated that they were deployed with special attention to soft targets like churches, schools, event centres, motor parks and identified black spots.
“They will work closely with the command’s Rapid Response Squad, Counter-Terrorism Unit and other Tactical Teams to ensure a hitch-free Easter celebration,” he added.
Ndukwe said the state Commandant, Mr Vincent Ogu, had restated the command’s commitment to collaborate with sister security agencies to adequate security during the period.
The commandant also warned the operatives to be firm, tactful, civil and professional in their dealings with the public during the celebration.
He quoted Ogu to have admonished Christians to see the Easter period as a time for sober reflection and fervent prayers for God’s intervention in the multiple challenges facing the country.
Ndukwe also charged the public to remain law abiding and report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency for quick response.