Four suspects, Jubril Isah Samuel, Nzekwe Samson Kosi, Aneke Chidiebere and Egwuda David Ojochegbe, have been arrested in Anambra State for operating illegal private security guards and carrying guns.
This was stated by the public relations officer of the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Edwin Okadigbo, in a statement.
Okadigbo said they were arrested on Tuesday, 6th of September, 2022, adding that they would be charged to court after investigations.
Deputy commandant Francis Obinna Nnadi, head of Private Guards Company Department, led the operation, he said.
According to the statement, “The arrest and recovery of the two pump action guns became imperative following discovery that most of those operating as private security outfits failed to adhere to the regulations governing the operations of Private Guard Companies as stated in the Private Guards Companies Act Cap. P30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and in line with the NSCDC Act Section 3, subsection b, c, d of 2007 as amended.”
It would be recalled that the state commandant of NSCDC, Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, earlier mandated the Private Guard Company Department to rid the state of all unregistered private security outfits.
He warned intending new operators to adhere strictly to the guidelines stipulated by the law.
He revealed that Section 17 of the Private Guard Decree, 1986, as amended in 2004, ‘forbids private security guards from carrying arms’, and advised residents of the state to confirm from NSCDC the credibility of any private guard company before requesting their services.