Lagos NSCDC storms three illegal private guard companies, arrests offenders
Arrests two oil thieves, recovers 24,000 litres of PMS, boat engines
The Private Guard Company (PGC) Department, of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Command, has stopped three Illegal PGCs, as a result of the offence of quackery and other similar offences in the industry.
The Command’s spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent of Corps (DSC), Seun Abolurin, in a statement, yesterday, said the PGCs found in this act of quackery, in the state, after thorough search and investigation. Those investigated include: Divine Assurance Security; Herisco Security and City Guard Limited.
He said the above investigation led to the arrest of one Lucky Ofuma (male), a supposed Managing Director, Divine Assurance Security and one of his employees, John Ambrose Vallah, ‘m’, as others had fled and deserted their premises, an act confirming their level of culpability.
According to him, officers and men of the PGC Department of the Command, headed by Deputy Commandant of Corps (DCC) Eze Onyegbula, made this arrest with the help of actionable and credible intelligence from the good people of the state.
The state Commandant, Edenabu Okoro Eweka, while addressing newsmen in his office, said: “It is very important for would be employers of private guards to confirm the authenticity of such company first, before engaging their staff.
“I appeal to well meaning citizens of the state and country not to patronise quacks in the private security industry.
“This is because amongst other things, quackery also leads to dwindling revenues of the government as well as discourages genuine efforts of good, disciplined and quality companies in the industry.”
MEANWHILE, the Command’s anti-vandal unit has smashed oil thieves, arrested two suspects and recovered 24,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS ) and three boat engines.
Commandant Eweka , who promised zero tolerance to oil pipeline vandalism, illegal dealings in petroleum products, smuggling of oil products across the high sea and other forms of economic sabotage, said the operation was in line with the renewed efforts of the Command against all forms of economic sabotage and other kinds of criminality in Lagos State.
He said: “The anti -vandal unit of the Command, led by its Head of Unit ( HOU ), Assistant Commandant of Corps ( ACC ) Musa Abdullahi Jibrin, who were always on constant routine surveillance and patrol, at the wee hours, of Monday, October 17, intercepted a wooden boat, on the high sea, at Ilekan, around Ajah axis, loaded with blue and yellow kegs, containing about twenty four thousand, five hundred litres of product, identified, to be Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS ), also known as petrol, suspected, to be conveyed, to the neighbouring country, by the suspected oil thieves, who were eventually, nabbed, by our gallant officers and men. The suspected stolen PMS, is estimated to be over N4 million only, at market value.”