The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) took decisive action by sealing three unlicensed Private Guard Security (PGC) firms for illegal operations. These firms were also operating without valid licenses, raising concerns about national security.
NSCDC FCT Commandant, Olusola Odumosu, led the clampdown operation, emphasizing the importance of regulating private security outfits. Properly registered and licensed companies have their guards’ biometrics recorded to ensure national security is not compromised. Some unregistered firms have been known to act as informants to criminals.
The sealed companies include Ochacho Security Limited, Justigo Security Limited, Allied Security Services, and Maco Security Services. Ochacho Security Limited, Justigo Security Limited, and Allied Security Services were sealed for failing to renew their licenses, while Maco Security Services was sealed for not registering with the NSCDC as required by law.
Private security outfits play a significant role in the security architecture of the FCT and the nation at large. As such, they must operate in compliance with established guidelines, monitored, and evaluated to maintain national security.
The NSCDC has taken this action to ensure that unlicensed, unrenewed, and unregistered PGCs are restricted from carrying out their activities. Operating without the proper licenses and approvals not only violates the law but also poses a threat to national security.
The NSCDC’s mandate includes the supervision and licensing of private guard companies nationwide, and they are determined to sanitize the security sector in line with their responsibilities.
Commandant-General Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, at conferences and meetings with stakeholders, has previously warned about the risks associated with illegal private guard companies and those that fail to renew their licenses. Despite these warnings, some individuals continue to operate without proper licenses, prompting the recent clampdown.
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