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HOW TO SET UP A PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY IN NIGERIA
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) is saddled with the responsibility of licensing and regulating every Private Security Company (or Private Guards Company) in Nigeria. Their enabling law is the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Act No. 2 of 2003 and the Amendment Act of 2007.
The increasing security challenges in Nigeria have given rise to the emergence of several private security companies that provide protection to individuals and corporate members of society who employ their services.
Below are the requirements for setting up a Private Security Company in Nigeria:
- Incorporation of a private limited liability company whose object is the provision of private security services with a minimum of 10,000,000 share capital.
- Obtaining a private security license from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. To obtain this license, an Applicant must provide the following:
- An application for private guard license addressed to the Commandant General of the NSCDC.
- Two Certified True Copies of the Memorandum and Article of Association of the Company.
- Two photocopies of the Certificate of Incorporation.
- Payment of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
- Tax Clearance Certificate.
- Statement of Account.
- Letter from a Legal Adviser.
- Letter from an Auditor
- Proposed salary structure
- Veterinary certificate (Optional)
- Personal History Statement (PHS) forms at One Hundred Thousand (100,000.00) only. All directors must obtain one.
- Two copies of the Directors credentials to be attached with PHS forms.
- Letter from bankers.
- Eight copies of the passport photographs of the directors.
- Eight full photographs of each of the Directors with a white background, with five fingers and signature signed at the back of the photograph in the presence of officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
- Photocopy of the signature page of the Directors’ International passport or National ID Card or Driver’s License and this should be stapled at the back cover of the file jacket.
- PHS form musts be adequately filled to reflect Nil or Not Applicable to portions of the form that the Directors intend not to answer, as no column should be left unfiled.
- Attestation letters from the referees for each director
- One uniform sample with two photographs of a guard in the uniform. The uniform and accoutrement must not have semblance of any government agency or any Private Guards Company.
The NSCDC has the ultimate discretion to grant an application for license having regards to an Applicant’s ability to satisfy all the requirements. Hence applicants are advised to engage appropriate legal services.
– Anita Tuesday Peremoboere