The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom Command, has described the existence of illegal security outfits in the country as a threat to national security.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Ime White, Public Relations Officer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Uyo that the insurgency in the northern part of the country has raised concern over the operations of unregistered private security companies across the country.
“With the current insurgency in the country, nobody knows who will hide under the cover of a private security guard company to unleash terror on others,” White told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“Before you know it, such organisations will gather information and plan attacks on defenseless citizens.
“This makes it crucial that every private security guard organisation operating in this country is duly registered.”
White said that the Akwa Ibom command of the corps had therefore directed unregistered private security guard companies in the state to register. in spite of the command’s efforts, operators of such companies had remained adamant.
He warned that such companies that the command would soon sanction them. He therefore advised officials of the defaulting private guard companies to regularise their operations to avoid sanction.
According to him, it is important for the NSCDC needed to know the personnel working in all security guard companies in the state, with a view to ascertaining their nationalities and character.
Commenting on the activities of the corps during the yuletide, he said the command was fully prepared to ensure that the people of Akwa Ibom as well as visitors enjoy peaceful celebrations.
“The command will deploy some undercover security officers to markets, shopping centres, places of worship and recreation venues from Dec. 22 to Jan. 5, 2015.
“We will collaborate with other security agencies in the state to check criminality,” he promised.