The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Anambra State Command, has cleared three private security companies to operate, out of thirteen that were sanctioned due to illegal activities, including bearing arms.
The state commandant of the corps, Isidore Chukwudi Chikere, stated this in Awka after reviewing the activities of the command.
He commended registered private guard companies in the state for intelligence gathering, and warned prospective private security operators to be law abiding.
He said after investigations into operations of the sanctioned thirteen companies, St Christopher Security, Accurate Security and Halogen Security were cleared. He said the remaining private security outfits that defaulted would be charged to court.
Those who are not qualified to reap the benefits of registered private security practitioners will not be allowed to operate, he said.
Quoting him, “Registering and running a private security company in Nigeria demands strict compliance with the laid down rules and regulations.
“Departure from the established regulations could lead to the deregistration of companies or revocation of licences to operate.
“Therefore, it is advisable for prospective companies to engage legal practitioners to assist them with issues of regulatory compliance and filling of annual returns/reports with the appropriate agencies.”
According to him, apart from regulating and overseeing the private security industry, the NSCDC is the source of ‘disciplinary practices’ against private security companies by ensuring that self-regulation does not affect end-user/client industry standards.