Abdullahi Gana Muhammed, Commandant General of the NSCDC
The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has urged state governments desirous of setting up security outfits to tackle insecurity in the country to register ‘their private security outfits’ with the Corps.
The CG said the move is aimed at building a strong national security architecture towards collective security to fight crime and criminalities.
Muhammed who made the plea following the registration of its security outfit with the NSCDC by the Niger state government, said the NSCDC is the only agency empowered by law and charged with the statutory responsibility of registering, monitoring, supervising and licensing private security outflt In the country.
Commending the Niger state government, he also revealed that the Taraba has also been registered and like Niger, awaits the signing of its licence by the Honourable Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
He said, “The National Body of Vigilantes have been fully registered with the Corps and database of all its operators have been captured. This is in line with the provision of Section 10 of the Private Guard Companies Act 1986 which requires data capturing for every Private Guard Company and vigilantes and its members operating in Nigeria. The measure is aimed at crime control, professionalism and weeding off non- Nigerians in the industry.”
Gana warned against what he called illegal operation of Private Security Services and emphasized that the operation of every private security outfit must be guarded by the Private Guard Company Act (CAP. 1990), and the guidelines as enshrine in the NSCDC Act. 2003 as amended In 2007.
“Therefore, any security outfit established contrary to the existing Act shall face the wrath of the law. The nation can be saved if jointly the rules of the game in securing the State and the Nation is carried out within the confines of the law.
The NSCDC has further enjoined all prospective security operatives to be law abiding in the quest for establishing any security outfit, in as much as their desire is geared towards national peace and security, said DCC Emmanuel Okeh, the CDPRO in a statement.