Oyo NSCDC tackles illegal security outfits and warns against uniform abuse

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command, has commenced crackdown on all illegal private security outfits operating within Oyo State.

This action followed the misuse of uniforms by private organizations, youth groups and non-governmental organizations, which was found to be rampant.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC Samuel Opebiyi, in a statement on behalf of the Commandant, Augustine Padonu, said on Tuesday that the NSCDC is legally required to license, train, monitor and supervise Private Security Guard Companies (PGCs). hold. the NSCDC Act No. 2 of 2003 (amended 2007).

The mandate, the PRO said, includes regulating the uniforms worn by private security guards employed by the companies.

Opebiyi stated: “NSCDC expresses serious concern that the unauthorized use of uniforms, including imitation of those of government security forces, by unapproved organizations poses a significant security risk.

“This impersonation creates a haven for criminal activity disguised as legitimate security operations.

“Commander Padonu has expressed deep concern about the implications of this trend, especially at a time when the nation is grappling with the menace of insecurity.”

Opebiyi warned that the misuse of uniforms would provide a hiding place for criminals to carry out their activities in disguise, saying the Commander had ordered a comprehensive crackdown on all illegal private security units.

Padonu also stressed the importance of enforcing legal security frameworks to ensure public safety.

He advised the public to cooperate and always report suspicious activities to the relevant authorities.

Reacting, the Head of Private Guard Companies Department in the state command, DCC Akintayo Akande, assured the Commander of his commitment to the enforcement of the directive.

He vowed to leave no stone unturned in identifying and dismantling the activities of illegal private security agencies.