The CG, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has directed all the State Commandants to ensure they beam their searchlight at the private guards industry to prevent infiltration by criminal elements especially during this period of lockdown where there is restriction to both human and vehicular movement due to the Coronavirus pandemic except for essential service workers which includes security personnel, health workers, electricity and communication service providers as well as the Private Guards operatives to mention but a few.

The directives from the CG came as a result of intelligent reports by operatives of the Corps on surveillance duties and subsequent arrest of some fake private guards operatives during the Covid-19 lockdown at various beats and locations across the country. The NSCDC boss reiterates that, the era of quackery in the industry is over, as new innovations have been introduced by his administration to sanitize the industry in line with international best practices.

Gana therefore mandated the various state commandants to enforce the usage of Private Security Identification Number (PSID) by all guards within the country with immediate effect to allow for easy identification of original guards from fake ones. He advised PGC operators to comply with the new directives by ensuring that all guards sew their PSID number which must tally with the service number generated during the Biometric data capturing of guards on their uniform in their own interest and in the interest of National security, especially during this lockdown period that some criminals have gone berserk and are using uniforms of Private guards companies to get easy passage at various check points and subsequently perpetrate crime and other nefarious activities.

While warning that any operatives in the private guards business who refused to comply with this new directives would face the wrath of the law, the CG also charges members of the public to remain alert during this period and furnish the Corps with necessary and timely information to forestall activities of criminals who will stop at nothing to ensure their evil intent is accomplished.

He expressed confidence that the Corps is working in collaboration with sister agencies such as the DSS, the Nigeria Police, NIA and the supervising Ministry of Interior which the Corps has shared this data with in order to arrest all erring operatives. “The NSCDC will not rest on its oars to ensure it rids the sector of illegal private security companies and fake guards” Gana said.

Emmanuel Okeh, DCC