Some residents of Osogbo, Osun state capital have condemned the manner at which some of the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrived the state for the Saturday’s governorship election.
The heavily armed personnel were said to have engaged in unruly acts capable of causing unnecessary pannick among residents when they arrived Osogbo on Friday afternoon.
The civil defence personnel, according to some some commercial motorcyclists who complained to our correspondent in Osogbo, drove in reckless manner as some of them wielded clubs which they used in hitting their vehicles repeatedly.
A motorcycle operator who identified self as Saheed Arowolo described the conducts of the NSCDC officers as unruly.
According to Arowolo, “this people (civil defence personnel) have forgotten that they were sent to Osun state to ensure Peace and orderliness but it’s unfortunate that their behaviour and actions are sharp contrast of their assignments.
“With the manner they drove, blew sirens and hit their vehicles, one would think there is a war somewhere. I was so afraid because I thought there was a crisis somewhere. This is condemnable and I think their superiors should call them to order,” he counselled.
For a street hawker, Kadijat Damilola the state has been relatively peaceful and calm and there was no need for the action allegedly displayed by the civil defence personnel.
“I was at Orita Olaiya when people started running. I had to take cover in a shop until I discovered that these are personnel of the civil defence. I just hope they were not in drugs because there was no basis for their scary actions. They should not create unnecessary tension,” Miss Damilola said.
Our correspondent gathered that the personnel of the civil defence who boarded about ten operational vehicles were part of the personnel deployed for the governorship election slated to hold tomorrow.
As at the time of filling this report, there is calm as residents were seen going about their businesses.
Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of civil defence authority to the development were abortive as the Public Relations Officer of State Command of NSCDC could not be reached on phone.