The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello has summoned an emergency meeting of the FCT Security Committee on how to tackle the surge in banditry, kidnapping and robbery on the fringes of the nation’s capital.
The meeting had in attendance the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijani-Aliyu and all the heads of security agencies in the FCT.
Speaking after the meeting, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday said issues of kidnapping, banditry were raised at the emergency meeting, stating that security agencies have resolved to bring the incidents to the barest minimum.
“We have deliberated a lot and have already put in measures, which are not good to air to the criminals as it will be to their advantage. But we have resolved among all the security agencies that we are going to do our best and ensure all those things are brought to the barest minimum.
“At the same time, we are going to improve our synergy, all of us the security agencies- and as we speak, we are going to meet in my office on Monday to further strategise on what we have discussed here.
We have assured the house headed by the Honorable Minister and Honorable Minister of State, who were both in attendance, that they will see changes.
We are also appealing to the residents of FCT to also see reasons and understand that by the grace of God we will be on top of the situations,” Sunday said.
He advised FCT residents to be security conscious and provide security agencies with actionable intelligence on criminal activities.
He also tasked the residents to form small neighbourhood watch within each estate made up people of good character, to curb criminality considering that number of policemen are inadequate nationwide.
“We also work with local vigilantes to improve community security. We work with them hand in hand. They know the terrain. Anytime we have security issues, it is the local vigilante that we rely upon both in terms of intelligence and knowing the terrain. But they are always profiled and work in synergy with the divisional police of that area”, he added.