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C’River NSCDC arrests, convicts 63 suspects in 2023 – Commandant

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in Cross River State has made significant strides in combating criminal activities in 2023, as revealed by the State Commandant, Mr. Charles Brown.

In an interview with reporters in Calabar on Thursday, Brown shared details of the command’s achievements.

According to Brown, “In 2023, the NSCDC Cross River State Command successfully arrested 63 suspects involved in various crimes, including illegal mining, armoured cable theft, vandalism of public infrastructure, and crude oil theft.”

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He further explained that most of the arrested individuals were granted administrative bail.

Out of the 63 suspects, six were prosecuted in court, leading to four convictions.

Brown emphasized ongoing investigations into 12 of the arrested suspects, while eight remain in NSCDC custody. Others either faced discharge or were granted administrative bail.

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The NSCDC Commandant highlighted the recovery of 17.1mm armoured cable vandalized by some suspects and the impoundment of 20 drums of petrol and two articulated vehicles loaded with crude oil.

Brown affirmed the commitment of the command to its mandate and urged the public’s support.

He issued a stern warning to those involved in criminal activities, stating, “Cross River is no longer a safe haven for their nefarious activities; they must desist forthwith.”

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Brown assured the public that the NSCDC would continue to be resolute in ensuring the safety and security of the state.

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