In accordance with the provisions of the Private Guard Companies Act, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps issued 24 operational licenses to qualified and deserving Private Security Firms on Thursday.
The Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, charged the new entrants into the industry with using their new operational licenses to contribute their quota to promoting internal security as the nation prepares for the holiday season and the general elections in 2023.
Audi reiterated in a statement signed by the Corps Spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu, that combating the menace of insecurity in Nigeria requires the collective and collaborative efforts of government and private security agencies, as well as all Nigerian citizens.
The CG explained that the new wave of crime caused by bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers is asymmetric in nature, necessitating confrontational approaches, and private guard companies play critical roles in establishing peace, safety, and security.
Audi maintained that private security practitioners must work with the Corps to improve internal security, particularly in the area of credible intelligence gathering.
He reminded the operators that their licenses are not only for business purposes, but also for national security, and warned them that their licenses are not transferable and that the use of firearms is prohibited.
“For the time being, there will be no use of firearms, bouncers, or bodyguards in your operations; it is illegal.”
“However, you are free to visit our nearest formation for assistance whenever you face overwhelming challenges.”
“Audi charged the new operators to strictly adhere to the law guiding their operations, urging them to ensure prompt annual renewal of their licences to avoid being clamped down as a result of a violation of existing rules by the CG’s Special Task Force set up to supervise and monitor PGC operations and activities across the board,” the statement read in part.
“The CG also emphasized the welfare of guards, noting that his administration will not tolerate any act of maltreatment of field operators by some Chief Executives who pay peanuts as salaries, which could easily lead to the boys compromising and being lured into criminal acts.”
“He urged the new operators to see NSCDC as more than just a regulator, but also a reliable ally and progress partner.”
Aimien Adudu of Kwad Security Services Limited responded on behalf of the recipients, thanking the Commandant General for making the presentation of licenses to new Private Security Companies a reality.
He thanked the NSCDC for allowing them to contribute their quota to the country’s ongoing fight against insecurity.
He promised to use the Corps’ guidance to advance Nigeria’s security strategy.