The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video in which unidentified gunmen purportedly attacked its operatives, who were on duty at Umueri in Anambra East Council.
In the viral video, which had circulated widely in Anambra State and beyond, it was alleged that the gunmen were targeting NSCDC personnel and burning their operational vehicles in the state.
But in a statement issued by the Anambra Command of the NSCDC, the corps said there was no truth in the viral video and urged government at all levels and members of the public to ignore it.
The statement, signed by Edwin Okadigbo, a Deputy Superintendent Commander and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, maintained that the video was being circulated by crisis merchants and mischief makers, insisting that Anambra was peaceful and calm.
“The attention of the Anambra State Command of NSCDC has been drawn to a video circulating on social media insinuating that officers of the corps and vehicles were attacked yesterday at Nenyi, Umueri.
“We wish to state that there is no iota of truth in the video as all NSCDC facilities in Anambra State are safe. In addition, all operational vehicles in the state deployed for assignment did not experience any untoward incident.
“This is the handwork of crisis merchants and mischief makers, who want to create panic and fear in the minds of Anambra people and residents. The command with other sister security agencies are working in synergy to ensure that security situation in Anambra remains intact,” the statement reads.
The NSCDC appreciated the collaboration and support of the people for its activities and appealed that people share information and confirmed such before being circulated to avoid misleading members of the public.
“State commandant of NSCDC, Vincent Ogu, wishes to appreciate Governor Willie Obiano, Anambra people and other sister security agencies for their support and collaboration towards enhancing security of the state.
“The safety of officers and operational vehicles in the command will continue to be our priority,” he stated.