NUJ tasks FCTA, police on insecurity in Abuja
Disturbed by the spate of rising insecurity in rural communities and the city center of the nation's capital, Abuja, the Nigeria Union of Journalists FCT council has tasked security operatives to step-up the game in tackling security challenges in the territory.
The position of the council was made known during a town hall meeting organised by the council on how best to tackle the menace of insecurity in the territory.
The meeting, which brought together relevant stakeholders in the nation's capital, saw them agree to work in synergy to address the issues of kidnapping, banditry, ‘one chance’ and other criminal activities in the FCT.
In his remarks, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Christopher Isiguzo, observed that methods used by the security architecture in curtailing the threat are not yielding the desire results, and urged the government to come out with new approaches in addressing some of the security challenges facing the country.
Isiguzo, called on the federal government to rejig the security architecture for optimum results that would help to bring peace and harmony in the country.
He also explained that the current security architecture in the country need to be overhauled for optimum results in fighting crimes and social vices in FCT and the nation in general.
Earlier, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Ciroma, stressed that the security outfit in the FCT have recorded overwhelming successes in addressing the menace, called on the members of the public to be vigilant and also help in providing useful information on any crime related issues in FCT and the nation at large.
Ciroma pointed out that the rate of kidnapping and armed banditry in the FCT is very minimal because of the commitment shown by the men and officers of the police in the territory.
He emphasized that Nigerians own it a duty to assist the police in safeguarding the nation by providing them with relevant information concerning criminal elements in the society.
In his remarks, a security expert and retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawrence Alobi, said one thing that could further strengthen the police for optimum performance is for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Police Trust Fund bill which was earlier passed by the 8th Senate.
While stressing that security is capital intensive, added that when the Police Trust Fund become an act of parliament it will solve most of the challenges faced by the police.
In his address, chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, noted that governments at all levels are duty bound to secure, protect and safeguard Nigerians wherever they are in any part of the country including Abuja.
Ogbeche stated that the town hall meeting by the NUJ on rising security challenges in the FCT, is an aggregation of daily reports and citizens’ apprehension of emerging threats that seek to undermine their safety and general well-being.
According to him, "let me say that this town hall meeting is not to indict the administration, or the security agencies, rather an avenue for critical stakeholders in the FCT to evaluate the security challenges we all share at the growing determination of a few individuals who threaten our peace and livelihoods".
The chairman noted that the town hall meeting will serve as an agenda setting of the media to offer insights on social and policy issues to the administration that the NUJ decided to organize the meeting on security challenges in FCT.
He pledged that the council is determined to set a new paradigm of engagement with stakeholders in the FCT by engaging constructively on issues that affect each and every one in the society.
Ogbeche further said that it is their avowed determination to make Abuja the best possible city in Africa so that it can live up to the ideals of the founding fathers who did not just want a city of unity, but the pride of black people all over the world.