Aminex Security Services Limited prosecuted for providing unlicensed officer

On Tuesday 23 February, Kingsley Okeiyi – the director of Aminex Security Services Limited – was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court for providing an unlicensed security officer.

The court heard that, at the beginning of September 2014 when Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigation officers enquired about the staff working at Aminex Security Services Limited, the list Okeiyi provided included an unlicensed officer. This amounted to an offence under Section 5 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

SIA investigators later visited a site at which Aminex Security Services Limited was contracted to work and interviewed Lucky Okeiyi, the same security officer. During this visit, the investigation officers obtained a time sheet which proved exactly when Lucky Okeiyi was carrying out licensable activities without a licence.

As director of the company, Kingsley Okeiyi was liable under Section 23 of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 for consent, connivance or neglect in deploying an unlicensed security officer.

Although the SIA’s investigation team gave Kingsley Okeiyi several opportunities to respond to the allegations of deploying an unlicensed security officer, all contact was ignored.

Section 5 and Section 23 offences

District Judge Mace issued a guilty verdict and said that Kingsley Okeiyi had provided no satisfactory explanation to the evidence put before him. Consequently, for the Section 5 and Section 23 offences, Kingsley Okeiyi was fined £500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 in addition to costs of £500.

Judge Mace also commented that the fine and costs she issued took into consideration the financial circumstances of Okeiyi and his ability to pay.

Nathan Salmon, the SIA’s investigations manager, explained: “It’s important to note that the charges relate to six shifts whereby offences were committed. The sentence imposed reflects the fact that breaches of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 are considered unacceptable. The business is no longer operating. Okeiyi’s actions have prevented him from being able to continue to work in the private security industry.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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