Lagos - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Lagos State has sealed more than 50 private security companies operating illegally in the state, according to its commandant, Mr Clement Adesuyi.
Adesuyi spoke a one-day security stakeholders’ forum, which the corps and Private Guard Companies (PGC) organised on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants included the Army, Immigration, State Security Service (SSS), the Prisons and private security companies.
"In the last few months, we have succeeded in sealing off well over 50 private security companies operating illegally in Lagos State. We have written to all the various agencies patronising them to stop,’’ Adesuyi said.
He explained that they organised the forum to re-examine the contributions of private guard companies to the nation’s economy.
Adesuyi added that the forum also afforded the NSCDC an opportunity to remind the participants that it was the sole agency responsible for regulating the activities of the companies.
The commandant said that collaboration, partnership and synergy were central to effective regulation, which ensured the maintenance of sanity and standards in the PGCs.
The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Ade Abolurin, said that the personnel of the PGCs were better placed to obtain security information at the grassroots.
The commandant urged private security practitioners and operatives to regard themselves as part of the national security set up.
Abolurin was represented by Lugard Osemwengie, Asst. Commandant-General, Zone A,
The Commandant, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja, Brig.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, noted that no security agency could handle the insecurity challenges facing the nation alone.
Oyebade described the forum as a welcome development, saying that such forums would assist in the assessment of security situation at all levels.
The Lagos State Director of the SSS, Ben Olaye, said that the service would start to screen prospective employees, whether in the government or private sector, to prevent criminals coming into the system.
David Akhimien, President, Private Security Guard Practitioners, urged the NSCDC not to allow any unregistered security company to operate.
Akhimien said that this was necessary as many companies and individuals were employing quacks, a development which he described as dangerous to security.