At a time Nigeria is in need of accurate databases across of sectors for better governance and protection of lives and property, the Commandant- General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu presented the Personnel Database of Private Guard Companies in Nigeria and that of Vigilante Group of Nigeria to the Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the Ministry of Interior Headquarters in Abuja.
He broke the jinx of inadequate data on Tuesday, 4th February 2020.
Soji Alabi, Deputy Commandant of Corps
Media Assistant to the Commandant General, said in a statement that the preparation of the database is in line with the provision of Section 10 of the Private Guard Companies Act 1986 which requires data capturing for every Private Guard Company and its members operating in Nigeria.
The measure is aimed at crime control, professionalism and weeding off non- Nigerians in the industry.
The Data Base contains the detail background checks and biometrics on every member of Private Guard Operators and vigilante members in Nigeria.
Efforts are being made to make copies of the database available to the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President, Directorate of State Services, the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies in Nigeria.
The Commandant General used the occasion to inform the Honourable Minister that some security outfits operated by some state governments like Niger Guards for Niger State, Taraba Marshals for Taraba state have been licensed by the PGC Department of the Corps.
He urged other states or regional security outfits to also get legal backing for their operation by applying to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for licence.
The minister commended the Commandant- General for a job well done and promised to assist where necessary.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act No.2 of 2003 as amended in 2007 empowered the PGC Department of the Corps to Licence, Supervise and Monitor the activities of Private Guard Companies in Nigeria.