Civil Defence Shuts Illegal Security Companies

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says it has shut down over 65 private security companies for operating illegally in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Assistant Commandant General, Private Guard Companies, NSCDC, Dr. Nnamani Nwinyi during a three-day training in Ijeka, Lagos.

He lamented that the nation is faced with serious security challenges.

Nwinyi, who was represented by the Commandant NSCDC, Lagos, Mr. Dayo Adesuyi, said because of the security challenges, it became imperative for security agencies to reduce crime rate.

“Our main focus now is to ensure that citizen’s life and property are protected. In order to reduce the crime rate, there is need for the Corps to regulate the activities of the security companies, because they are the closest to the people.

“As part of our responsibility to regulate their activities in the country, especially in Lagos, we have sealed 65 illegal security companies. And this was between May and September,” he disclosed.

According to him, many security companies in Lagos “operate without license. This is because before they obtain their license from the Federal Ministry of Interior through the NSCDC, the owner would have been properly trained despite having security background. The guards of the firms would also be investigated to know their past. The guards’ biometric data will also be captured and traced.

“Rather, the owners of these firms establish the firms based on the experience they have garnered while serving the country. They employ without embarking on proper investigation of those they employ as guards.”

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He said the corps would not allow this to continue, adding that at the end of the training, the trainees would be kept abreast of the latest technology in the country.

“We cannot allow this to continue. Cap 367 of NSCDC states that the Corps is saddled with the responsibility of providing training for private guard companies as well as regulating their activities in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has declared its readiness to work with the NSCDC to end the activities of oil vandals in the country.

Director of DPR, Mr. George Osahon, disclosed this at the weekend when he visited the Commandant of the NSCDC, Lagos, while decrying the revenue lost daily by the Federal Government through oil theft.

He stressed that such funds could have been used for the development of the country.

“It is important for relevant authorities to work in partnership with one another in order to ensure that such crime is nipped in the bud. As a regulatory body, we seal filling stations operating illegally or below the central government’s standards.

“To end oil theft and regulate the activities of petrol stations in the country, we will like to partner NSCDC, especially Lagos in the area of enforcement towards ensuring that the law takes its right course on the perpetrators of the crime.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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