The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Douglas Okoro, has warned the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria Lagos Zone, to weed out quacks among them.
Okoro, gave the charge when he received the Chairman of the Association Mr. Bbatunde Mumuni and some executives in his office at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Commandant expressed optimism that moving forward, the visit will yield good and productive fruits, for both the association, the state and the nation at large.
He used the occasion to re-emphasize that it is the duty of the Corps to license, regulate and train Private Guard Companies(PGC), amongst other things in the nation. He reiterated that the Corps has been performing this mandate excellently well and will continue to do so in Lagos State under his administration of the Command.
Okoro warned that quackery or unlicensed practitioners will not be allowed to operate in the state and further warned them to desist from the act or face the full wrath of the law.
Chairman of the Association, Mumuni, congratulated the Commandant on his appointment to the state and went ahead to demand for good and synergetic working relationship between the Command and the Association in Lagos.
The Chairman asked the Command to play its statutory roles, in licencing and regulating the practitioners amongst others, while also carrying practitioners and especially the Association along.
Okoro, vowed to support the Association to move forward in Lagos, within the confines of the law and the Corps’ statutory functions and duties.
He also charged the Association and all licensed private security practitioners to remain law abiding and endeavour to also assist the Command with intelligence information of criminals and their hideouts.
He said security is a collective business and charged them to say something when they see something.
In a similar development, the Commandant Eweka, Douglas Okoro, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu, in his office at Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Commandant, during the visit stated that, it was pertinent for him to come and solidify the already established synergy between the Corps and the Nigerian Army in Lagos.
He reiterated that the Army has always been the father of the Corps, historically speaking and based on such premise he had to do the needful as a new Commandant posted to Lagos.
He also posited that the Command was ready to collaborate with the Army and other security agencies in the state to move it forward and ensure long, lasting and durable peace and security of lives and property in the state.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu, appreciated Commandant Okoro, for the effort he has made to pay him a courtesy visit, in his office.
He stated that the Nigerian Army 81 Division will be hospitable enough to work in synergy and collaboration with the Corps in Lagos state. The General Officer Commanding 81 Division, further asked the Commandant to ensure that he collaborates with the Brigade Commands and others in a bid to collectively secure and protect the state from the dastard and inimical acts of criminals.