9th May, 2012
Police attached to the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Alagbon, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have begun a manhunt for a South African national based in Nigeria (names withheld) in connection with alleged espionage which poses a security threat to the Nigerian government.
The suspect who is the managing director of a company that deals on security services was alleged to have ventured into vehicle tracking, a sensitive security system without obtaining an operational licence from the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC.
The police stormed the company’s office located in Ikoyi, Lagos, to arrest firm’s boss and his accomplices, for illegal car tracking.
Crime Watch gathered that the company boss escaped and ran out of Nigeria when he suspected he could be arrested.
The police, however, succeeded in arresting the company’s human resources manager.
Crime Watch gathered that the company obtained a licence for security service in Nigeria in 2008, but went into vehicle tracking without getting approval from the NCC.
The action of the police followed a petition to Inspector General of Police on the activies of some companies operating illegal vehicle tracking in Nigeria.
They are now facing charges of espionage, security threat and illegal operation in Nigeria.
When Crime Watch visited the company, the senior staff including the MD were absent.
But the arrested human resources manager who is now on bail confirmed her arrest.
She denied that the company was a security threat to Nigerian government, saying they were authorised to do legitimate business in Nigeria.
She disclosed that the company directors were out of the country and will go to FCID to clear the allegation when they return.
Efforts by Crime Watch to contact top officials of NCC proved abortive.
However, sources told our correspondent that there has been some companies dealing in car tracking business in Nigeria without obtaining licence from the NCC.
When Crime Watch contacted the police at Alagbon, sources confirmed the incident, saying the police have started full investigation into the matter.