The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has launched a new unit known as the VIPs Protection Unit.
The unit would be responsible for the protection of individuals who are exposed to threats as a result of their status.
The first batch of 501 personnel, who have been trained to carry out the new responsibilities, passed out in a ceremony at the Corps headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
The Commandant General, Ahmed Audi who spoke at the Passing Out Parade, said the VIPs guard and protection had always been part of the mandate of the NSCDC.
Audi, who was represented at the occasion by the ACG in charge of Agro Rangers, Austine Obiekwe, enjoined the personnel to be good ambassadors of the Corps in the place of assignment.
He warned that any of them “caught in acts that could put the Corps in a bad light would be punished.”
Speaking at the occasion, the ACG in charge of training and manpower development, David Abi, said the training of members of the unit lasted for a week.