Imminent unrest is brewing in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, over a N750 million land scam involving the Cooperative, Investment and Credit Society of the corps’ FCT command.
According to the victims of the land scam, in 2010 the Civil Defence Cooperative, Investment and Credit Society Unit of the FCT command advertised and invited both their staff and non-staff to subscribe and pay for plots for land purportedly allocated to the cooperative by the FCT authorities.
The plots of land were said to be located at El-Rufai dump site, along Airport Road, Abuja.
Chairman of the Allottees Committee, Elder M.N Agim told Nigerian Pilot that about 500 subscribers paid between N350, 000 to N700, 000 for each plot of land to the NSDC Cooperative Society Zenith Bank account.
It was gathered that after the subscribers had paid the officials of the cooperatives for the land, the entire story changed as the cooperative officials led by one Henry Ogbono came up with different alibi on why the contributors could not access their respective plots of land.
Several attempts by the workers and other subscribers to either get the land documents or refund of their money was reported to have hit a brick wall.
Frustrated by the antics of the NSCDC cooperatives officials, the affected contributors sent a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on May 17.
Copies of the petition were sent to the presidency, Commandant General of the NSCDC, Minister of Interior, Inspector General of Police and the FCT Minister.
However, there has not been any official response to the petition.
Meanwhile, the victims of the alleged land scam have concluded plans to stage a peaceful protest at the NSCDC national headquarters, Abuja, on March 31.
Agim said, “This peaceful march-past is to remind the management of NSCDC of our plight in the hand of the Cooperative Unit, FCT Command, that the land which the unit advertised in 2010 and purchased by subscribers to the tune of about N750 million has not been given to them to start development after six years.
“We intend to use the march-past to demand for our land or the current price of the plots at the site.”
Responding to the allegation, spokesman of the FCT Command of the NSCDC, Mr. David Akinbinu confirmed knowledge of the land scam and added that all those involved had been handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission, ICPC, for investigation and prosecution.
He said when the matter was brought to the attention of the immediate past Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr Ade Abolurin, he caused query to be issued to all those involved in the scam.
Mr. Akinbinu added that when Dr. Abolurin was not satisfied with their response, he wrote a letter to the ICPC and handed over the suspects to the commission.
His words: “As far as I am concerned those involved in the issue of land were given query. When the query was answered the Commandant General was not satisfied with it.
“All have been sacked and taken to ICPC with letter from the Commandant General. But I don’t know the outcome of the investigation in ICPC.”
The spokesman advised the victims of the scam to contact the ICPC where the issue is being investigated.

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