NSA Orders Crackdown on Illegal Security Outfits


The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has directed the dismantling of illegal security outfits that have been extorting and harassing Nigerians. The ONSA spokesperson, Zakari Mijinyawa, issued a statement warning the public about an illegal group known as NATFORCE, which has recently rebranded as NATCOM despite directives to dismantle all illegal security outfits.


Mijinyawa stated that law enforcement agencies have acted against individuals operating illegal outfits over the past three years, resulting in several arrests and ongoing prosecutions. Despite these efforts, some public and private sector stakeholders have fallen victim to the fraudulent activities of NATFORCE.


The statement emphasised that NATFORCE and NATCOM are not part of Nigeria’s security architecture, lack federal law backing, and have no authority to recruit or operate as security organisations. Mijinyawa clarified that the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), established under the Office of the National Security Adviser, is the legitimate body for coordinating efforts to control small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.


He urged state governments, international organisations, the private sector, and all stakeholders to remain vigilant and collaborate with the NCCSALW to address concerns about the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Law enforcement agencies have been instructed to continue arresting and prosecuting individuals and groups fraudulently presenting themselves as security forces.

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