The Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC) has issued operating licenses to 26 new private guard practitioners.
Corps commander-in-chief Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, who issued the certificates in Abuja over the weekend, said the beneficiaries were selected after screening by the corps and other security agencies.
In a statement signed by Director, Press and Public Relations, Olusola Odumosu, Audi cautioned private security companies against performing illegal duties, possessing firearms in any form and use any uniform similar to that of an existing security agency.
Represented by the Acting Deputy Commander General for Crisis and Disaster Management DCG Nnamdi Nwiyi, he said the corps had launched a data profiling system to clean up the sector by preventing the enlistment of disbelievers, thugs, vagrants, foreigners and other personalities who could network within terrorist elements to compromise the peace and security of the country.
He advised new operators to maximize the opportunity of license approval to contribute their quota to the existing internal security architecture through value-added operations and professional conduct aimed at delivering a solution. to the myriad of contemporary security challenges facing the country today.
He said; “As the nation grapples with the challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnappings and asymmetric warfare of invisible enemies, among others, the quest to make a difference in this sector must lead you to advance our homeland security. at national scale.
“You need to do your best and work synergistically with the body to promote internal security while leveraging your grassroots disposition and the application of modern technology to resolve some seemingly intractable security issues,” a- he declared.
Audi further called on the various operators to take a serious look at the welfare of their guards in order to dissuade them from compromising the standards.