The leadership of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) weekend described as false reports in the social media that a large cache of arms meant for its Counter Terrorism/Insurgence Armed squad was confiscated by its supervising minister, Comrade Abba Patrick Moro, who was also accused of gun running.
The Commandant-General of the Civil Defence Corps, Prof Ade Abolurin, was reacting to speculations that the minister of Interior was in possession of arms approved for the Corps and handed over to them by the Nigerian Army to execute their mandates.
He denied the report and described it as the figment of the author's imagination.
Prof. Abolurin told newsmen during an interview at the agency's corporate headquarters that the corp's weapons were intact.
"It is strange. It is not a statement of fact and there is no iota of truth in it. It's a fallacy. We have not issued any of our arms to anybody," he said, and warned those behind the image-denting publications to refrain from such as it heat up the polity, and distract the security agencies which were busy now trying to contain the security challenges facing the nation.
Meanwhile, suspected gunmen yesterday killed an officer with the Civil Defence Corps, his wife, his four-year-old daughter and his younger brother at Hotoro area in Kano metropolis.
An eye witness told our correspondent in Kano that the incident happened around 12:30 pm.
According to him, "Two gunmen came to his house on a motorcycle, stormed the deceased's house and began to fire gunshots at the victims around 12:20 pm," the eye witness said.
The gunmen were said to have fled the area immediately before the arrival of the JTF operatives who cordoned the area and began to search for the culprits.
A source at the police command confirmed the incident to our reporter and said the killing of the officer and his family was carried out by two suspected gunmen.