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NSCDC to conduct biometric for housemaids, others

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NSCDC to conduct biometric for housemaids, others

To check crimes, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it would soon begin biometric data-capturing of private security guards, house boys and girls, as well as drivers. Speaking at a forum with private guard companies’ operators in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday, the NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Abdullahi Muhammadu, said his agency was currently sponsoring a bill at the National Assembly that would give the private guards’ security sector the mandate to check various illicit activities across the country. According to Muhammadu, very soon, NSCDC will be licensing vendors as contained in its bill before the National Assembly. He said: “All guards must be registered with private guards’ security companies.

The data capturing would enable the corps to know everybody with a view to safeguarding the country and its citizens from criminals hiding under the guise of foreigners. Because in the past, most private guard companies in the country were operated by foreigners who were hiding under such platforms to perpetrate various criminalities. “ W h e n we came on board; we said henceforth, no foreigner should operate a private guard company. We then agreed that only retired military, police or Army officers should run such organisations.

But till date, foreigners are still employed as security guards in private homes which pose another danger. We realise that 25 per cent of our ‘mai-guards’ (security guards) in Lagos, Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto and Abuja are foreigners. Most of them will tell you they are from the Republic of Benin, Chad, and Niger Republic and so on. We need to have their biometric data. They must have referees so that we know who they are in case of any incident.”

Muhammdu added that all housemaids and drivers in the country would be registered under the private security guard companies. According to him, it will make it difficult for any of them to kidnap the children of their bosses and be demanding millions of naira as ransom. He added: “You have a very big task ahead of you. The Army, police and my agency cannot fight crime alone. The Army has won the war against Boko Haram insurgency. It is now left for us to win the peace.”

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