NSCDC orders clampdown on illegal security outfits in Oyo

The Oyo state commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Augustine Padonu, Tuesday ordered comprehensive crackdown on all illegal private security outfits operating in the state.

Commandant Padonu gave the order in a statement in Ibadan by the command signed by its public relations officer, DSC Samuel Opebiyi.

He added that the directive followed the abuse of uniforms by private organisations, youth group and NGOs operating in the state.

He said there is the need to uphold legal security frameworks to ensure public safety.

Commandant Padonu stated that, “The abuse of uniforms will provide a hiding place for criminals to carry out their activities under disguise.

“NSCDC is statutorily mandated to license, train, monitor and supervise private guard companies as per the NSCDC Act No. 2 of 2003 (amended 2007). Part of this mandate includes regulating the uniforms worn by private security guards employed by PGCs”, he said.

Commandant Padonu added, ” NSCDC expresses grave concern that the unauthorised use of uniforms, including imitating those of government security agencies, by unapproved organisations poses a significant security risk.”

“This impersonation creates a haven for criminal activities disguised as legitimate security operations,” he stated.