Gombe - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it will sanction nine security guard companies operating illegally in Gombe State.
The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr John Khestossen, announced this in Gombe on Thursday.
Khestossen said the corps had identified the companies, adding that it would soon seal up their offices.
"We have the right and power to close down their offices; we can prosecute them, but the first thing is to seal up their offices and tell them that they cannot be in operation,’’ he said.
He said the activities of the companies had negative security implications for the citizens, hence the need to stop their operations.
On efforts by the corps to curb vandalism, he said seven people arrested by the command had been charged to court.
He said private security guard companies were emerging in the state, unlike in other states, adding that it had contributed to the lukewarm attitude of their proprietors to register.