The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Monday sealed off two private security companies for operating illegally in the state.
This was made known in a statement by the State Commandant of NSCDC, Lawan Basir-Kano, in an interview with reporters in Lafia, the state capital.
According to Basir-Kano, the two companies are Nigid Guards Limited (NGL) and Scott-Brain Global Security Services (SGSS). He said, SGSS was closed because it was not registered while NGL failed to renew its operating license.
“There were also other private companies that were shut down but had been reopened when their managements provided proofs of registration and renewal.”
He however, directed the Divisional Officers in the 13 Local Government Areas and 18 Development Areas to ensure that no illegal private security outfit is allowed to operate in the area.
“We cannot close our eyes and do nothing about situations, where illegal groups hide under private security outfits to commit all manner of crimes and extort money from unsuspecting youths,” he said.
He added that in line with the directive from the headquarters, the command had deployed personnel in relevant areas to protect critical national infrastructure and assets.
Lawan Basir-Kano, therefore, urged the public to be more vigilant and cooperate with the NSCDC and feed it with relevant information on any suspicious person, movement or activities for prompt action.