Oyo private security companies want to be included in the security architecture

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Private security companies in Oyo State under the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) on Wednesday applied for inclusion in the state security architecture.

Speaking at the Stakeholder Interaction Forum organized by ALPSPN, Oyo State Chapter at Rotary House, Iyaganku, Ibadan, the guest speaker, United Kingdom (UK) International Security and Intelligence Consultant, Dr Femi Afolabi-Peters, explained that various studies recommend that private security industry guidelines should be set and monitored to approved minimum standards.

Speaking on the topic “Obstacles to Functioning Private Security Companies in Nigeria”, he disclosed that private security companies have an important complementary role to play in public security and hence should be part of the community policing agenda.

He said: “Important and valuable information regarding security matters should be shared between police and PSCs to fight crime as a unified team instead of competing rivals.

It is therefore necessary to integrate the CSP guards into the community policing scheme which will enable them to fight against sophisticated criminals and their activities in the country.

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“In the context of the insecurity issues plaguing the country, I believe it is high time and long overdue for the government to allow SSPs to carry firearms after satisfactory background checks and professional training at the competence level.”

Meanwhile, the president of the association, Mr. Seyi Alaba, said that the private security industry in Nigeria is a very delicate and dangerous industry that requires 24/7 monitoring, control human and physical resources.

According to him, private security companies play a vital role in the national security of this country, therefore, their role cannot be overstated.

“Private security companies complement the roles of other government security agencies and it is high time the government saw us as stakeholders and took us seriously. If private security companies are included in the security architecture of state, this will facilitate the work of other security agencies.

“We’re overlooked and we don’t have a preference when it comes to safety. Other security officers such as Amotekun, vigilante groups, OPC carry weapons, we are licensed security operators, we are selected from the position of director to the last person on the board of administration, our documentation is with the DSS, but we are not allowed to carry weapons. How to fight against security?

“All of this needs to be looked at otherwise we won’t be able to satisfy our customers,” he said.

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Oyo private security companies want to be included in the security architecture

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