Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCT minister criticize killing of ’one chance’ suspects

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has condemned the recent killing of the three suspected traffic robbers at Dutse Alhaji, describing the mob action as act of lawlessness.

The Minister while reiterating the FCT Administration's resolve to reduce crime to the barest minimum, however frowned at the mob action which lead to the unfortunate death of the three suspects.

He warned that, “No group or individual has the right to take anybody's life the way these young men were burnt to death. I have directed the Police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to book.”

The Minister, while calling on residents to remain law abiding, warned that any individual or group found taking the laws into their hands or resorting to self-help would be dealt with in accordance with the relevant laws.

He assured that, “The FCT Administration is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that the entire territory is free of criminality and criminal elements. That is why we are working round the clock with the security agencies to maintain a twenty-four surveillance round the city and its environs", he said.

“To a very large extent, we are happy with what the security agencies are doing to keep the territory safe and arrest all criminal elements particularly traffic robbers, kidnappers and other lawbreakers where ever they may be.”

He appealed to Traditional, community and religious leaders to step up engagements with their subjects by emphasising the need for obedience to the laws of the land and refraining from acts capable of causing the breakdown of law and order.

Recall that three suspected traffic robbers popularly referred to as 'One Chance' were last week burnt to death by an angry mob at Dutse-Alhaji, in Bwari Area Council of Abuja,

It was gathered that the suspects, three young men were chased and burnt after a lady inside their vehicle was heard screaming for help. The victim, who was pushed out of the moving vehicle by the suspects after her scream attracted the attention of other motorists, is said to be recuperating at the Kubwa General Hospital.



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