The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) called for a legislative framework to allow licensed private security personnel to carry weapons.
NIA Director General Ahmed Abubakar made the call in Abuja during a speech at Nigeria’s 1st Private Security Industry Summit. Abubakar, who was 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 tested for drugs.
Declaring the summit open, Home Secretary Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola revealed that the federal government was taking steps to formally integrate licensed private security companies into the national security architecture.
Aregbesola, who was represented by his senior special adviser on strategy and innovation, Professor Ademola Adeyinka, sought 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.
The minister further directs security companies to collect and share intelligence with security agencies to help control kidnappings, banditry, armed robberies and other forms of crime. While recognizing the strategic role played by the private security industry in reducing unemployment, the Minister reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to reform particularly in the area of training and assigning them a role in the protection critical infrastructure.
Also speaking, the Commander General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, insisted on 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. .
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 critically x-ray the prevailing security challenges in the country and discuss the way forward.
Previously, Barr. Wilson Esangbedo, identified lack of access to loans and multiple taxation as some of the challenges facing the private sub-sector security sector.
Other stakeholders who spoke at the event, including representatives from the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Corrections and Federal Road Safety Corps, described safety as everyone’s business and urged people always provide information to security agencies to help nip crime in the bud.