The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu while receiving report of the Forensic Psychological Profiling of the Corps personnel from the Forensic and Behavioural unit of the Corps said, the essence of the exercise is to ensure psychological stabilization of the personnel as a result of post stress management disorder and not for the purpose of ranking or downsizing of personnel as insinuated in some quarters.

Gana said the Corps has taken the decision to involve the exercise as one of the criteria for screening any person into the service during recruitment exercise without compromise and the result is going to serve as a basis for deploying personnel to critical assignment.

He emphasised that the prevalence of substance abuse in the nation shows that in the nearest future if not checked, the nation may be in serious trouble.

He stressed that, the Corps though the youngest among Federal government uniform organisation is ready to stand out in its operations and interactions with the civil populace. ‘’I have directed the Forensic Unit to carry out the exercise on a routine basis’’, the CG stressed.

However, Air Vice Marshall Emmanuel Chukwu, Director of Earth Observation at the Defence Space Administration who was present at the Corps Headquarters during the presentation described the action of the CG as a very strategic, apt and very timely. He commended the Commandant General’s desire of ensuring that personnel are psychologically balanced for the job in order to avoid accidental discharge and indiscipline as obtain some in uniform organisations. According to him, background check is of utmost importance to good service delivery.

He opined that from the point of recruitment, the Service should begin to close mark the personnel in order to select the right crop of officers who are in the right frame of mind to be deployed for critical national assignments.

The Forensic officer at the Corps Headquarters, Tersoo Shaapera explained that the areas to be tested include general level of Psychological Functioning, Achievement Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Risk Assessment for Substance use, Cognitive Style Assessment and Risk Assessment for Violence among others.

DCC Emmanuel Okeh