Insecurity: Oyo NSCDC Command clamps down on illegal security outfits, warns against uniform abuse

Insecurity: Oyo NSCDC Command clamps down on illegal security outfits, warns against uniform abuse


Following the alarming rate of uniform abuse among private organizations, youth groups and NGOs, the Oyo State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),has announced a clampdown on illegal private security outfits

This is announced this in a statement issued by DSC Samuel Opebiyi,, Public Relations Officer,
NSCDC, Oyo State Command.

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NSCDC is statutorily mandated to license, train, monitor and supervise private guard companies (PGCs) 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.

NSCDC expresses grave concern that the unauthorized use of uniforms, including imitating those of government security agencies, by unapproved organizations poses a significant security risk. This impersonation creates a haven for criminal activities disguised as legitimate security operations.

Commandant Augustine Padonu, the State Commandant, NSCDC, Oyo State Command, has expressed deep apprehension about the implications of this trend, particularly at a time when the nation is grappling with the menace of insecurity. “The abuse of uniforms will provide a hiding place for criminals to carry out their activities under disguise,” warned Commandant Padonu.

Commandant Padonu has directed a comprehensive crackdown on all illegal private security outfits. He emphasizes the importance of upholding legal security frameworks to ensure public safety.

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The Head of Department, Private Guard Companies, NSCDC Oyo State Command, DCC Akintayo Akande, reiterates his commitment to enforcing the Commandant’s directive. He stresses that no stone will be left unturned in identifying and dismantling illegal private security outfits’ operations.

NSCDC, Oyo State Command, underscores the critical importance of adhering to uniform regulations and licensing requirements to mitigate the security implications of the abuse of uniforms. The command urges the cooperation and compliance of all private guard companies and related organizations with the support of the public to ensure the safety and security of the Country.

NSCDC urges cooperation from the public in reporting any suspicious activities to relevant authorities.

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