“Meanwhile in this season, we are expected to beef up security of our homes and neighbourhood. We are also expected to have phone contacts of nearest police station, control room, police operations department etc, which can be used in a situation of emergency. You can also install CCTV cameras to monitor your environment. Avoid late night movement and open display of wealth. Try to organize your neighbourhood to visit your nearest police station to appreciate the Divisional Police Officer and his men for their efforts and encourage them with something. You will be amazed what your kind gesture will fetch you when you call them in emergency situation. Lock your doors and windows properly before going to bed, avoid using quacks and unlicensed security agents to secure your home and property, they could be your biggest threat, ensure you have fire extinguishers in your premises and service them regularly, properly screen/run background checks on your staff to avoid hiring criminal elements etc”.
By Daniel Njienue/news/comments-April 22, 2020, news/comments
LAGOS-Reacting to the challenges posed by the deadly outbreak of the COVID-19, known as Coronavirus, which has claimed thousands of lives while more than a million are effected all over the world, is Chief (Dr) Nzeribe Okegbue JP, a security experts, who is also the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of Combatant Guards Limited, who spoke with Afrikanwatch Network journalists last night, and noted that COVID-19 has humbled the world with unplanned security threat. He however, said that the government and private security outfits are doing their best in tackling security developments relating to the situation, especially in the area of enforcement of lockdown and controlling the menace of criminal elements, even as the world is on a standstill with global economy falling.
“Covid 19 has huge impact on global economy and it will result to recession and loss of job because companies/business have been closed down for weeks. In a situation of recession, clients will not be able to fulfill their financial obligations to security companies and may also be forced to retrench workers. Moreover, security companies rely on payment from their clients to pay their operatives but few security companies like mine go extra mile to pay my operatives when there is delay from clients because the guards could abandon your location because of late payment of salary”.
Chief Okegbue, who is also a philanthropist stressed that, it is a known fact that everyone cannot be a security practitioner but everyone is expected to be security conscious. “Security is everyone’s responsibility”, he added.
He commended the efforts of the Nigerian Security agents, saying, they are doing their best except in some few cases of abuse of power which the authority is working. Sometimes this could be as a result of work pressure on the security operatives or lack of proper orientation on the assignment before them but encouraged Nigerian citizens to obey security agents who are enforcing the lockdown and do the needful to maintain social distancing, regular washing of hands, use of nose mask and other updated rules from disease control department. “Now, we are expected to support government’s security in dealing with security challenges by providing them with Intel and encouraging them when they do well. Criminals are humans and are not spirits. They live in midst of us, so we can avail security agents known information that can help arrest criminals. It is a patriotic thing to do. I have pointed it out that if the lockdown is lifted does not mean that Covid-19 is over, thus, disease control agency regulations must be strictly adhered to”, he reiterated
Asked the Combatant Guards boss if security agents have lived up to expectation, he said, “If the security agents want to work and deliver, they are more than capable. The biggest challenge in the system is few bad eggs who has entrenched corruption thereby stagnating the system. It is also important to note the importance of better welfare for our security agents because it is a motivator and morale booster.
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