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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Private Security Practitioners state position on Amotekun and other issues

The Association of Licenced Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria rose from a press conference few days ago at the Association’s national secretariat in Abuja with far reaching decisions on the body’s position on related issues regarding to its operations and as it concerns national issues.

The new executive of the organization commended the efforts of the former executives in conducting a free, fair and credible election that ushered in this present executives and thereafter went on to state categorically that the setting up of Amotekun security outfit is as a result of the security situation in the south west and the failure of the Federal Government to address this.

That however, “we are not practicing a confederation or regional form of government with a regional parliament that would have given legal backing to this security group. The AG of the Federation has declared Amotekun illegal. Fears being because there could be jungle justice because of lack of effective regulation of this group and that they could become willing tools in the hands of those that set them up.

The body advice that Amotekun should operate at the State level and not as a regional group and let NSCDC supervise the outfit. NSCDC has recorded a lot of success with its agro rangers scheme which is keeping a lot of farm settlement safe now. Going to court may not be right step as a political solution is recommended.

“The President needs to meet with the South West Governors in a closed door meeting to resolve this and set up the National Security trust fund to equip the police and make them more effective. Recruit massively for the police pay them well, reform them, make them more effective whilst reducing extortion and criminal tendencies amongst the rank and file. Implement the community policing strategies of the Nigeria police and make it work. Private guard companies need to be incorporated into the National Security Architecture and the Private Guards Act amended to enable Private Guard carry arms. Reviews /structural termination must exceed the tenures of the initiators and the policy must guide continuity.”

The body also spoke on regulation of the Private Guard Industry

“ALPSPN will not support any move to remove regulation of the Private Guard Industry from NSCDC. ALPSPN and NSCDC are working hard to re-organize the Private Guard Industry with far reaching reforms as contained in the Private Guard Regulation of 2018. We are currently changing the face of security practice as guards biometrics will be taken by our regulator. Our guard will be trained, certified and licensed. Companies that will train the guards will be accredited by our regulators and ALPSPN and the accredited companies will also have their trainers accredited. The current effort of our regulators to make the private guard industry to be as par with the advanced countries is commendable and will be supported by ALPSPN.”

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