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Twenty illegal security firms were shut in Lagos in the first six months of the year.

This was disclosed on Sunday by the spokesman of the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Sunday Eromosele.

Mr. Eromosele, whose agency shut the illegal companies, said the companies are currently being prosecuted in court. He also said that during the period under review, 44 people were arrested for various offences, while six fuel tankers were seized from suspected pipeline vandals.

The corps spokesman said that about 214,440 litres of petrol were intercepted from suspected smugglers, while the command assisted some members of the public to recover N5.6 million from suspected fraudsters during the period.

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Commandant General of the N.S.C.D.C, has charged private security guards in the country on the need to assist security agencies in intelligence gathering.Commandant General of the N.S.C.D.C, has charged private security guards in the country on the need to assist security agencies in intelligence gathering.

Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA: Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has charged private security guards in the country on the need to assist security agencies in intelligence gathering.

The NSCDC boss gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja while handing over operational licences to 46 successful private guard operators at the Corps National Headquarters.

He cautioned the new entrants into the industry not to go out of line but to give a good account of themselves in the face of numerous security challenges in the country.

Spokesman of the Corps, DCC Emmanuel Okeh in a statement said the operators whose applications met the requirements for the ownership of private security companies had undergone series of security screening by one of the highest intelligence bodies in the country.

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He said; ‘’NSCDC is the sole regulator of the private security industry, hence, we reserve the right to revoke your license if you fail to renew your license or fail to abide by the laid down rules’’.

The CG reminded them that the operation license is not transferable to anyone for any business transaction. ‘’Equally, the use of firearms, bodyguards, VIP protection and bouncers are prohibited for Private Guard Companies but you can work with State commandants to use NSCDC armed squad and for the training of your guards’’, he added.

He reiterated that, Government needs security reports from the PGC operators ‘’and since you are working in the grassroots, you are closer to the people, therefore you have to assist the conventional security agencies with regular intelligence gathering. This is a big task ahead of you and you must be diligent about it”, the CG said.

Responding on behalf of the recipients, Alh. Usman Ahamad Giedam, representing Septagon security services limited, thanked the CG for maintaining a high level of integrity and ensuring that due diligence is followed in the registration process.

He promised that they will go back to their respective constituencies and make a difference by contributing positively to ensuring adequate security at the grassroots.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/07/nscdc-boss-tasks-private-security-guards-on-intelligence-gathering/

Security forces evacuate churches in NigeriaSecurity forces evacuate churches in Nigeria

Security forces in the western part of  Nigeria have evacuated worshippers from churches as part of measures to prevent the spread of  coronavirus.

Abeokuta and Lagos have been patrolled by the Police and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday to stop mass gatherings.

Lagos and other states in the country recently announced bans on large gatherings ,clubs,wedding parties – even in religious worship centers  to curb the spread of COVID-19.

There are currently 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, since feb 27 when the first case emerged in Lagos.

The virus (COVID-19)  emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 167 countries and regions, following a report from the data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

5 Tips on what to look for when hiring a security company for your needs5 Tips on what to look for when hiring a security company for your needs

Today , crime and security are two trending words that is increasingly being mentioned.

That’s because the presence of the former necessitates the engagement of the latter as protection

Hence, the search by  individuals and corporate bodies to get adequate security needs and guard protection .

But then, what are the qualities to look out for when hiring a security guard company?

1.Check or verify to see that they are well trained and qualified for the job

Find out and make sure there guards are well grounded with the right amount of training.

Ask them during interview if they do background/criminal  checks on their employees/guards

Also find out if there is on-going training organized for them

2.Find out if they have the right amount of  experience needed

Check their social media pages, website and other online locations for reviews.

Also find out about their reputation and how credible/dependable they are

Ask questions to ascertain if the previous clients were satisfied

3. Ensure they are Insured and Licensed to operate

Before you consider engaging a security firm, ensure they are licensed by the government to operate.

And in order to handle emergency cases (as accidents may occur), verify that they also have subscribed to insurance to handle their operations

4. Ensure they have the right security gears  like, flashlight, baton, whistle, pepper spray, taser gun, handcuffs, digital camera, heated vest, first-aid kit – for efficiency and effectiveness in their operations

5. Make sure they are approachable and contactable. Are they responsive during emergencies? Can they be reached easily? Do they communicate strongly?

Once the above basic checks can be done, the basic hurdle is scaled for considering hiring the security firm.

However, click here – to read more about the various services of a standard security firm  so as to make a better choice