UK (12.03.17): Both the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party (SNP) are trying to prevent the UK Government from privatising military guards at nuclear bases on the Clyde. Both parties claim that the proposal is chilling and dangerous. If the plan is accepted, private security companies would bid to run the service that is currently carried out by the Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) including the protection of nuclear submarines at Falsane and the Trident warhead storage site at Coulport. Unions have also raised their concerns due to the fact that these private firms may use security staff with no specialist knowledge.
Nigeria (12.03.17): The growth of private security outfits in Nigeria has been phenomenal and its use is widespread. There are 1035 private security guard companies registered with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) but the number of private security guards in the country has not been reported. The Leadership editors suggest that private security guards should be integrated into the national security architecture by means of setting up a training school for guards before they can apply for employment, use the NSCDC as the trainer and regulating body for these guards; as well as creating a database for private security guards in order to make activities visible for information gathering.
Russia (13.03.17): Several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia operated in a part of Libya that is under the control of regional leader, Khalifa Haftar, until last month. The owner of private Russian firm RSB-group, Oleg Krinitsyn, claims that his firm did not work with the Russian defence ministry, but was consulting with the Russian foreign ministry. Krinitsyn also claims that the contractors did not take part in combat but they were armed with weapons they had obtained in Libya.
Syria (14.03.17): The leader and founder of Malhama Tactical, using the name Abu Rofiq, is an Islamist private military contractor firm training and arming extremists in Syria. The firm is a small group, of about a dozen drawn mainly from Central Asia that has been an enthuasiastic user of social media. It had placed advertisements on Facebook last year for instructors and its YouTube pages provide free guides ranging from weapons maintenance and laying ambushes to battlefield first aid. Rofiq claims that the religious aspect of its work meant helping “oppressed Sunni Muslims” militarily, beyond Syria. With that said, the company has been present in China, Burma, former Soviet Asian republics and Russia itself.
India (16.03.17): The country’s leading private security agency, G4S India, has been ordered to deposit Rs 300 crore (the sum of 100 lakhs) by the Employee’s Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) after it concluded that the agency had deprived its workers of pension fund benefits worth that amount. A G4S spokesperson claims that the company follows the law and is reviewing the order in order to decide on its future course of action. G4S India is a subsidiary of G4S Global, located in both London and Copenhagen, employs more than 130,000 people and has operations across the country. The services that it provides include security solutions, event security, training and executive security.