The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has launched a new unit – the VIP Protection Unit.
The first batch of 501 personnel, who have been trained to carry out the new responsibilities, passed out in a ceremony at the Corps headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Speaking at the Passing Out Parade, the Commandant General of the Corps, Ahmed Audi, said the VIPs guard and protection had always been part of the mandate of the NSCDC.
Represented at the occasion by the ACG in charge of Agro Rangers, Austine Obiekwe, he said the unit would be responsible for the protection of individuals who are exposed to threats as a result of their status.
While enjoining the personnel to be good ambassadors of the Corps in the place of assignment, he warned that any of them caught in acts that could put the Corps in a bad light would be punished.
Speaking at the occasion, the ACG in charge of training and manpower development, David Abi, said the training of members of the unit lasted for a week.
He said the personnel, drawn from the arms squad unit of commands across the country, were drilled in special proficiency body guard/VIPs protection course.
He said the training sessions in “VIP escorts, duties, psychological behaviors, the effect of emotion on temper, attitude and relationship between principal and personnel among others will no doubt equip the selected officer in the effective discharge of their duties far beyond previous expectation.