Se­nate moves to le­galise pri­vate de­tec­tives

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate has com­menced the process to es­tab­lish pri­vate de­tec­tives and in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the coun­try.

A bill to this ef­fect tagged, “Pri­vate De­tec­tives and In­ves­ti­ga­tors” has scaled through first read­ing. The bill is spon­sored by Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu (PDP, Enugu).

If passed, it shall be law­ful for the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior to is­sue li­cense to a per­son, firm, cor­po­ra­tion, or other le­gal en­tity to act as or pro­vide the func­tions of a pri­vate de­tec­tive or an in­ves­ti­ga­tor. The pri­vate de­tec­tives would carry out func­tions sim­i­lar to those be­ing ren­dered by the Po­lice and the Depart­ment of State Ser­vices (DSS).

A copy of the draft law showed that a per­son, firm, cor­po­ra­tion, or other le­gal en­tity so li­censed may seek and ob­tain in­for­ma­tion for a client re­lat­ing to crimes or wrongs done or threat­ened against the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nigeria or any State or Lo­cal Govern­ment of Nigeria.

The pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors and de­tec­tives are to be reg­u­lated by the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior by is­su­ing of li­censes and reg­u­la­tion guide­lines.

“Upon ap­pli­ca­tion and af­ter the ap­pli­cant’s sat­is­fac­tory com­ple­tion of the re­quire­ments set forth in this Act and any rules or reg­u­la­tions made by the Min­is­ter thereto, may is­sue an ap­pli­cant a li­cence to con­duct busi­ness as a pri­vate de­tec­tive and in­ves­ti­ga­tor,” it stated.

The draft law says the min­is­ter shall is­sue a li­cence to con­duct busi­ness as a pri­vate de­tec­tive and in­ves­ti­ga­tor, if sat­is­fied that the ap­pli­cant is a Nige­rian, not a mi­nor has not been con­victed of an of­fence and has not been dis­missed from the armed forces, para­mil­i­tary ser­vices, po­lice or any law en­force­ment agency.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the bill is ex­pected to scale sec­ond read­ing in Septem­ber.

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