The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has advised private guards operators to be good ambassadors of the corps in the face of numerous security challenges in the country.
Mr Gana gave the advice while handing over license of operation to 46 successful operators at the Corps Headquarters, Abuja.
According to him, NSCDC as the sole regulator of the private security industry has the right to revoke their licenses if they fail to abide by the laid down rules.
The Commandant General warned that the private guards are not allowed to use firearms or as bodyguards but can work with State commandants to use NSCDC armed squad.
He disclosed that the use of ranks and other accoutrement comparable to that of the military or paramilitary would not be allowed.
Mr Gana called on the practitioners to approach the NSCDC for biometric capturing of all their guards, which is a mandatory requirement for operation .
He also urged them to assist the conventional security agencies with regular intelligence gathering to stem the tide of insecurity in the country .
Mr Gana however noted that the welfare of guards was paramount and called on owners of private guards to ensure they take the wellbeing of guards very seriously to encourage loyalty and avoid compromise.
Responding on behalf of the recipients, Alh Usman Ahamad Giedam thanked the Commandant General for maintaining a high level of integrity and ensuring that due diligence was followed in the registration process.