The existence of illegal security outfits in the country is a threat to national security, Mr Ime White, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom Command, has said. White told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the insurgency in the northern part of the country necessitated his concern over the operations of unregistered private security companies. He said that there was the possibility of some people hiding under such illegal private security outfits to organise terror attacks on unsuspecting citizens.
White told NAN that the Akwa Ibom command of the corps had directed unregistered private security guard companies in the state to register. He added that in spite of the efforts of the command in this regard, operators of such companies had remained adamant. He warned that the command would soon sanction defaulting private guard companies and advised their officials to regularise their operations to avoid sanction. He said the NSCDC needed to know the personnel working in all security guard companies in the state, with a view to ascertaining their nationalities and character.