No fewer than forty-six volunteer personnel of the Nigeria Securities and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were arrested and detained by the police in Adamawa for staging a peaceful protest to press home payment of allowances and regularization into the service.
The volunteer corps, numbering 631, staged the protest in Yola, the state capital, on Thursday.
The police spokesman in the state, Suleiman Nguroje, said that the NSCDC officers were arrested alleging that, ” they blocked a major road in the city.
“They also blocked access way in and out of the Federal Secretariat, thus preventing workers from going in to do their legitimate work.
“We are interrogating them and by tomorrow if they are found wanting, they will be charged to court according to the laws of the land.”
Those arrested including spokesman of the affected personnel Mr Livingston Mohammed, who said over 630 people were captured as volunteers in 2008 but up to date none of them were not regularised.
He said, “We have been screened by the committees but as at this moment, we are still awaiting regularisation.”
But when contacted , the Adamawa State Commandant of the corps, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said ”there are no volunteers of the corps in the state.”