By Rasheedah Makinde

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Oyo State Command, has announced a clampdown on all illegal private security outfits operating in Oyo State. 

The corps Public relations officer, Mr Samuel Opebiyi made this known in a statement.

The statement notes that the action followed the alarming observation of the abuse of uniforms by private organizations, youth groups and NGOs.

It notes that NSCDC is statutorily mandated to license, train, monitor and supervise private guard companies, as per the NSCDC Act No. 2 of 2003 (amended 2007). 

The statement says part of the mandate includes regulating the uniforms worn by private security guards. 

According to the NSCDC Commandant, Mr Augustine Padonu, unauthorized use of uniforms, including imitating those of government security agencies, by unapproved organizations pose a significant security risk.

Mr Padonu, expressed concern about the implications of the trend, particularly at a time when the nation is grappling with insecurity. 

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


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