Written by Sarah NEGEDU, Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Anxiety grips residents.. Crimes surges in Abuja · Gunmen sack community, kill 3 · Carjacking on the rise · Police parade over 100 suspects in May

v dir="ltr">Residents of Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, have described the crime wave as frightening.

 

Some residents who spoke to The Abuja Inquirer say that no one is guaranteed of his/her safety, stressing that the police are overwhelmed by the rising crime wave.

The alarm is coming on the heels of an attack on Yambabu Community in Kwali Area Council on Saturday which left three villagers dead.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjugiri Manzah, a Deputy Superintended, Sunday in Abuja, said: "The FCT Police Command has launched on operation to rescue some persons who were abducted by unknown gunmen from Yambabu Community in Kwali Area Council on June 20, 2020, at about 10:30pm."

Before the Kwali attack, residents of Pegi in Kuje area council have been having running battle with kidnappers regularly.

The Abuja Inquirer gathered that the victims in the attack, which details was still sketchy at the time of filing the report, were killed by their kidnappers while one of the suspects was gunned down during an exchange of gun fire with the police.

According to the spokesperson, "It is unfortunate that the three victims were killed by their abductors. However, one of the abductors was killed during an exchange of gun fire."

Manzah, who said members of the community and its environs are enjoined to remain calm and supportive of the police in its efforts to secure the community and other parts of the FCT, said the command was on the trail of the assailants.

On Friday, unidentified gunmen shot one Sunday Ike on the head and robbed him of his light blue Toyota Camry car with registration number BS 286 KWL in Gwarinpa.

The victim was robbed and killed at his shop located at 3rd avenue Gwarinpa.

Police operatives who responded to a distress call on the incident rushed the victim for medical attention at Federal Medical Centre Jabi, where he was later certified dead by medical doctors.

An Abuja resident, who only gave his name as Paschal, said, “Ask anybody that lives here especially in the satellite towns and areas, they don’t sleep. Crime is rife and the police are overwhelmed. Life is tough so for some people crime is the easy way out.”

He called on the government to do more to arrest the situation.

Our correspondents learnt that carjacking is common with a police source saying that no less than 10 to 15 cars are snatched or stolen on a daily basis in the territory.

Another respondent who asked not to be named blamed the influx of young able bodied men from different parts of the country particularly from the northern part as majorly responsible for the crime surge.

However, the FCT Police command in their reaction disagreed with the allegation that there was an upsurge in crime rate as the command insisted it was doing a lot to check in that regard.

Speaking in a telephone interview with The Abuja Inquirer, DSP Manzah said the command has deployed adequate measures to fight crime in the FCT, with some of the efforts already yielding results.

According to Manzah, the command in the last one month arrested and paraded over 40 suspects in connection with different crimes.

He said another 60 suspected criminals were earlier arrested and paraded in April where several fire arms and dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.

The police PRO therefore called on residents of the FCT to volunteer information to the police, as he said, "policing is a collective responsibility of all.”

 

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