The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Plateau has inaugurated 40 agro rangers as part of its efforts to combat cattle rustling, farmer/herders clashes and banditry among other crimes in the state.
The agro rangers are specialised forces of the Corps detailed to protect agro allied investments of Nigerians and foreigners in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Jos, Solomon Olasupo, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Plateau command, said that the pioneer rangers underwent intensive and rigorous training to enable them to discharge their duties diligently.
”You have been trained mentally and physically for this task. Always bear in mind that as an internal security agency, we have the mandate to prevent crisis and eliminate threats before they escalate.
“We have put in place machinery toward improving our early warning and intelligence gathering capabilities which include four operational vehicles for the corps, ” he said.
Gov. Simon Lalong said that the agro rangers would be highly instrumental in complimenting the State Government’s efforts in the fight against crime.
Represented by Prof. John Wade, the Director General, Research, Strategic Planning and Documentation , Plateau Government, Lalong urged the NSCDC to have interagency cooperation to prevent misinformation which he said, posed a great security risk in stirring up crisis.
“Agro rangers must be diligent and proactive in their service while being assertive and incorruptible in carrying out your duties,” he said.
At least 50 NSCDC officers from Plateau are presently undergoing training in Katsina as the second batch of agro rangers.