The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) called for a legislative framework to allow licensed private security personnel to carry weapons.
Its Managing Director, Ahmed Abubakar, made the call in Abuja during a speech at the 1st Nigerian Private Security Industry Summit.
Abubakar, represented by Mr. Ayuba Kadafar, said licensed private security companies should also be legally empowered to provide VIP protection, private investigations, escort duties and the use of bulletproof worms.
He further advocated that their uniforms be standardized, adding that those to be hired should be subjected to drug tests.
Declaring the summit open, Home Secretary Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola revealed that the federal government “is taking steps to formally integrate licensed private security companies into the national security architecture.”
Aregbesola, represented by his Senior Special Advisor for Strategy and Innovation, Professor Ademola Adeyinka, has requested support from private companies licensed to track fugitive detainees.
He said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Corrections to provide them with details of the escapees.
Also speaking, the Commander General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, stressed the need for private guard operations to be intelligence-driven “in order to enhance their contribution to the safe schools program. from the federal government. government.”
He revealed that vulnerability studies conducted by the NSCDC in 21,000 schools found 16,000 to be porous.
The commanding general tasked the participants to take a critical x-ray of the prevailing security challenges in the country and chart the way forward.
Previously, the president of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), attorney Wilson Esangbedo, had identified lack of access to loan and multiple taxes as some of the challenges facing the security sector in the sub –private sector is facing.