Abia State Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Ayinla Taiye Olowo has called on corporate organisations and individuals in the State to desist from patronising unlicensed private guards companies who are operating illegally in the State.
He stressed that those who patronise such are exposing their lives and businesses to danger.
Ayinla gave the advise on Wednesday at the State headquarters of NSCDC in Umuahia when he inaugurated a joint task force of NSCDC and Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN).
Commandant Ayinla charged the newly inaugurated joint task force to rid the industry of quacks who constitute security threat to lives and property of residents, through their unprofessional conducts.
He explained that the inauguration of the joint task force was in strict compliance with the directive of Commandant-General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, which according to him, was aimed at fishing out all illegal operators in the sector even as he challenged them on effective intelligence gathering.
His words, “Your place in the security architecture of our country Nigeria can not be overemphasized. Remember that your relevance is enhanced by your ability to continually provide credible intelligence information to the Corps and other security agencies to ensure that crimes are nipped in the bud”.
Ayinla equally cautioned Nigerians, especially Abians against engaging the services of illegal or undocumented persons as “gatemen” as according to him, most of such persons operated without proper documentation or guarantors, while assuring that members of the joint task force would be trained by his office before they swing into action.
“This is why this fight against all forms of quackery must be total to flush out all unwanted elements in the industry”, he stressed.
Speaking on behalf of his members, the Abia State Chairman of Association of Licensed private security practitioners, Iheanacho lauded the joint initiative between the NSCDC and his members, assuring that quacks in the industry would be flushed out of the system.
Iheanacho noted that members of his association would always work in synergy with NSCDC to secure Abia State.