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Civil defence boss goes tough on Private Security Companies

The Commandant- General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin has handed down  warning to legitimate operators of private security companies in the country, to desist from having a foreigner as their director or board member, threatening to revoke the operation licence of any company found culpable.

The Civil Defence boss who gave this warning in a statement, also hinted that the Corps had given a nod of  approval to  nineteen private security companies to operate legitimately , having met the established guidelines.

Stressing the need  for the operators to collaborate with government security agencies by providing necessary information that would curb criminal tendencies geared towards circumventing government effort, Abolurin, in the statement signed by the corps spokesman, Mr Okeh Emmanuel, also cautioned that the licence should not be used as an instrument to destroy government policy.

The licence of operation, he informed, would  be officially handed over to the operators this week by the Minister of Interior , Dr Shettima Mustapha, charging the operators to see themselves as privileged Nigerians who must be determined to serve the nation in their various capacities.

He further charged the operators to ensure that their activities erased the erroneous impression that Private Guard Companies  encourage criminals. In order to check  this, he said, credible people without criminal records must be recruited with a view to sanitizing the industry.

The Corps, he  reiterated, would not  compromise the set standard in ensuring that sanity within the industry was achieved, adding that “ any erring operative will be dealt with decisively in line with the provisions of the law”.

“Operatives should ensure proper policing of their immediate and extended environment by reporting any suspicious movement or activities of persons or group that is detrimental to the law of the land to the Corps or any security agency of government.

“ Operatives must also guard against their personnel being used or influenced for any mischievous activities detrimental to the security of the nation ,as it is the responsibility of all and sundry to ensure that security of the nation is not jeopardized.  As Private Guard operatives , you owe the nation a duty to uphold the Seven Point agenda of Mr. President which places much premium on security”, he stated.

On no account he warned, should any Private Guard Company use uniform, acronyms or  names similar to that of any government agencies such as FBI, SSS, NIA, and DSS among others.


Ahead of today’s re-run election in Edo state house of assembly and the forth coming gubernatorial election in Anambra state, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed ten thousand personnel to both states with a view to joining other security agencies to checkmating electoral violence.

Consequently, Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin has warned commandants of both states to ensure they were on top of the situation, saying he would not tolerate any excuse for failure.

He reminded that since the Corps had been empowered by the federal government, it would not compromise the confidence reposed on it as an organisation , especially at what he described as ‘critical moment in the nation’s political history.’

Advising his men, he stated that all hands must be on deck to forestall electoral malpractices such as, hijacking of ballot boxes and other criminal activities capable of disrupting the peaceful conduct of the election as well as endangering lives of the electorates.

He warned parents to caution their wards to avoid being used as political thugs ,threatening that anyone caught would be made to serve as example to others, through the weight of the law, reminding that the law is no respecter of anyone.

And to the political parties and  candidates, he enjoined them to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship, “where a winner must always emerge and losers go back to the drawing board to prepare for future contest, rather than causing chaos. It is high time we stopped sending wrong signals to the international community . Together we must achieve a free and fair election,”


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