There is currently outrage on social media over the attack on music star, Yinka Ayefele, by an operative of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ekiti state.
The incident occurred in Iloro Ekiti, where Ayefele entertained guests at an event and the officer in question allegedly attempted to take money from his car but when resisted, he punched the singer in the mouth and also threatened to shoot him for refusing to give them money.
Commenting via Facebook, one Ola Olaleye wrote: “It’s a pity that Yinka Ayefele didn’t allow his boys to discipline the insane man. I believe that NSCDC will still fish out the wicked man and discloth him. The reason being that he assaulted a disabled person he was expected to protect just for the sake of money. Ayefele is free to do whatever it pleases him to do with his hard earned money. Please finally let your lawyers go to court on this issue. They need to be thought a lesson.”
Lasisi Karimot Oluwafunke, another Facebook user wrote, “That’s what an ordinary person is facing everyday….. Countless people have been killed through this or the other but because nobody knows them they suffer for free ……I Sha pray that None of us fall victims of something bad.”
Gbadebo Adefumike, also a Facebook user, said, “I don’t just know why everything about Nigeria always irritating, imagine a security personnel acted is such manner, even them area boys are no more misbehaving again like those things called themselves a security whatever.”
Reacting to the incident, Olusola Odumosu, spokesman of NSCDC, said the Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, had ordered immediate investigation.
“The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps condemn in very strong terms such untoward attitude which is unbecoming of an officer of the law. The Corps under the leadership of Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, has zero tolerance for corruption, indiscipline and any atrocious behaviour inimical to the safety and security of the citizens of this country.”
“We do not in anyway condone any act of recklessness, impudence or assault on any individual or group of persons nor Infringement on the fundamental human rights of citizens whether highly or lowly placed. Consequently, the Commandant General has ordered that all concerned officers be identified and summoned immediately to the National Headquarters for necessary disciplinary action.
“He has directed the Ekiti State Commandant to without delay commence full scale investigation into the incident to establish the veracity of the allegation and the level of involvement and culpability of all the officers fingered in the matter.”
He also tendered an unreserved apology to the singer “and everyone affected by this condemnable and horrendous act which contradicts the Corps tenets, rules of engagement and standard operating procedure. The Corps is a friendly force with “humility and integrity in service delivery” as its watchword”.