The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says it has shut down over 65 private security companies for operating illegally in Lagos State.
Disclosing this during a three-day training in Ijeka, Assistant Commandant General, Private Guard Companies, NSCDC, Dr. Nnamani Nwinyi, lamented that the nation is faced with serious security challenges.
Represented by the Commandant NSCDC, Lagos, Mr. Dayo Adesuyi, Nwinyi 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.
Nwinyi noted that 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.”
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.