Ade Abolurin, Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has raised an alarm on the existence of a fake bio-metric card syndicate in the country.
Some persons are allegedly issuing fake identity documents to Private Security Companies in the country.
In a statement signed by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emmanyel Okeh, in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Abolurin warned private guard companies not to fall into the hands of the fake card syndicate.
He described the activities of the syndicate as fraudulent and an act of sabotage, which contravenes the laws establishing the NSCDC.
The commandant-general said that his organisation is the only one “saddled with the responsibility of monitoring, supervising, regulating, training and licensing Private Guard Companies in the country”.
Mr. Abolurin said that the responsibility include “the issuance of bio-metric cards”.
He said that the warning become necessary due to “persistent reports on the activities of some unscrupulous persons found to be issuing bio-metric cards to private guard companies”.
Mr. Abolurin described the activities of such persons and organisations involved in this practice without the permission of the corps as illegal and criminal, and designed to defraud the guards company.
He warned those involved in the practice to desist from it or face the full wrath of the laws.
Mr. Abolurin said that the government would not tolerate any act capable of destabilising the private guards industry.
He advised all private guards companies in the country to clarify with the nearest NSCDC command, “any information that is contrary to the laid down rules guiding their operations”.