A marching order has been released by the federal government for private security agencies to register and get their Licenses of Operation, or be put out of business.
The Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Solomon Olasupo, disclosed this in Jos on Monday, when the Association of Private Guard Practitioners paid him a visit in his office.
According to him, a joint Task Force with the NSCDC and the Association of Private Guard Practitioners would be set up to monitor the nooks and crannies of the state. He said the command discovered that there were fake private security operatives in plateau state, which are unregistered; so, there was need for urgent measures to stem and wave them, stressing that, the need for the Task Force arose as a result of planned tactics by some criminals to hide under the guise of ‘private security operatives’ to perpetrate their heinous acts.
Mr Olasupo noted that, some of these crimes being committed against humanity were insiders’ job, who worked with individuals and companies as security agencies. According to him, the Commandant-General, Alh Abdullahi Ghana Muhammadu, has already given a detective each to all commands in the country to rid out unregistered Private Guard Companies without delay.
“That is why it is our responsibility to work with all stakeholders to sanitize the industry,” adding that, “if you did not register or have no license and you are operating, how can we monitor your personnel or supervise their training?”
The Commandant assured the association of full cooperation of the Corps, and urged members of the public to be wary of unregistered private security outfits, saying that, their personnel were even more dangerous than the criminals they were hired to ward off.
Speaking earlier, Mr Edinen Udoroh, who is President of the Association, lamented on the influx of fake and unregistered outfits into the industry, saying, they were frustrating the efforts of the genuine ones, and the fake were always ready.
According to him, these unregistered agencies render unprofessional services and charge ridiculous fees, while they have no financial commitment of levies and taxes. He said, the unfortunate aspect of it is that the unsuspecting members of the public patronize them – for low fees. “These are not professionals; they never register or have license to practice.”