BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu says the establishment of the Corps’ forensic unit is one of its responses to the challenges faced within the Criminal Justice System.
Gana, who spoke at the Basic Training Programme for Forensic Desk Officers with the title: “Fundamentals of Forensics in Evidence Collection, Analysis and Litigation support” held at the NSCDC Academy in Sauka, Abuja, said these challenges informed the Corps’ decision to establish a forensic unit with modern facilities to boost its performance in the protection of critical infrastructure and national assets.
He said the facility will continue to provide litigation support for the Corps and the Country at large, adding that the training was crucial, especially in the area of analyzing evidence for prosecution of those working against the progress and development of the country.
The NSCDC Boss, represented by the Deputy Commandant General of the Corps, in charge of operations, Mr Kelechi Madu, said the Corps needs good record keeping and critical analysis for further investigation and prosecution.
He commended the Nigerian military for training some of her personnel in different areas and sought for further cooperation in specific areas of needs.
Earlier, the Army Provost Marshal, Brigadier General Ayuba Ted Hamman represented by Col. B. A. Oguntayo commended the NSCDC for floating the Forensic facility, saying that all law enforcement agencies require training in forensics as a pre-requisite for the efficacious discharge of their responsibilities.
He noted that crime has assumed a very complex and sophisticated dimension requiring the use of sophisticated gadgets and aids to investigate crime prevention and detection.
According to him; ”In order to prevent, detect crime and apprehend offenders, there is the need for the tools of investigation to be modern, so as to adequately address the challenges posed thereby.
“The hitherto traditional methods of combating crime have all become old, anachronistic, inadequate and incapable of detecting those responsible for the commission of criminal offences. The accuracy, reliability and dependability of those methods cannot be guaranteed.”
Also speaking, the Head of Forensic Unit of the NSCDC Corps, Mr Tersoo Shaapera, said the facility is basically to provide professional services that would add value to the Corps and the country at large.
According to him, considering the wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism of the Nigeria Army as a dependable ally, they should not be tired anytime the Corps call on them for assistance, especially in the area of manpower training.