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NSCDC condoles families of children killed at Easter rally

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have sent a delegation to condole the families of eight children killed by officer of the security…

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have sent a delegation to condole the families of eight children killed by officer of the security outfit last Sunday in Gombe State.

The leader of the delegation and Deputy Commandant General in-charge of Crisis Management, DCG Adesoji Adeoye, described the incident as unfortunate.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call yesterday on the state Deputy Governor, Mr Charles Iliya, DCG Adeoye said the NSCDC management was shocked and dumbfounded when it received the ugly news of the incident.

He added that the NSCDC has taken full responsibility of the act as the officer that perpetrated the act was their member and could not deny him, although he was not on official duty when he committed the atrocity.

“This unfortunate act was committed by one of our men, now late, even though he was not on official duty but as a responsible organisation we take responsibility and commiserate with the Christian community, family of the deceased and government of Gombe state.

“I would also like to make it clear that the late officer was not sent to commit the atrocity by any religious group, sect or organisation, he acted alone outside official duty,” he said.

DCG Adeoye commended the state government for its prompt response after the tragedy struck and taking over the treatment of the surviving victims free of charge.

In his response, Mr Charles Iliya commended the NSCDC headquarters for sending a delegation to condole with the bereaved family of the victims.

He said the state government would organise a mass state burial for the eight children that lost their lives during the attack.

The deputy governor reiterated the government’s commitment to protect lives and properties of residents of the state at all times. He also appealed to people to remain calm, saying government will do all it takes to avoid further re-occurrence of such incident.

On his part, the Vice Chairman of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Chris Godobe, thanked the state government for the show of love during the unpleasant incident.

He commended the NSCDC officials for the condolence visit, saying the act has shown that the organisation is a responsible security agency in the country.

Reverend Godobe added that they are also mourning over the death of the culprits who were killed also during the incident; he said as leaders of the Christians faithful they are unhappy because each life is sacred.

“As Christians we have taken what happened in good faith and we have forgiven what was meted to our children, the members of the Boys Brigade (BB).


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