Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Insecurity: FCTA to confront menace of scavengers, cultism, others

Worried by the rising cases of crime in the nation’s capital, the FCT Administration has vowed to confront head-on the menace of scavengers, cultism and drug abuse as part of its strategies to ensure the security of lives and properties in the territory.

The FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, who stated this at the last FCT Security Committee meeting, noted that scavengers often operate under the influence of hard drugs, perpetrate a lot of criminal activities within the Territory which will not be tolerated.

In the words of the minister, “each time there is crisis, you find that people of no known address, people without any means of livelihood suddenly come up with arms and start fighting each other and killing each other. All these are done under the influence of drugs and this is something that we are going to confront head-on.”

The scavengers, the Minister revealed had hitherto concentrated their criminal activities on vandalizing public utilities but had now become major threats to lives and property, reiterating that their activities remain banned in the Federal Capital City”

Bello also assured that there will now be an improved working synergy within the security and intelligence community in the FCT, as the task of the provision of adequate security cannot be left to the police alone.

He therefore called for the support of the residents, especially in terms of providing intelligence to the security agencies.

Bello said “We need citizens’ support, especially in terms of intelligence dissemination and also for leaders at all levels, whether it’s at the ward level or at the city level or at the village level or at the Area Council level”.

He said “Political leaders at all level, as well as traditional and religious leaders have to play their part and we need to communicate and also encourage citizens to be law abiding and also to provide needed intelligence. Doing that, I think by the grace of God, we will surmount and continue to make FCT a very safe place for everybody”.

The Minister added that the security agencies also briefed the Committee on their plans and strategies to fight the kidnappings that occur, especially in communities outside the Federal Capital City.

Bello also said that efforts will be made to continue to encourage the cordial relationship between herders and farmers within the FCT in order to prevent clashes between them.

On her part, the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, equally reassured the residents of their safety, adding that the Administration was not unaware of the security challenges and is taking all necessary measures for the protection of lives and property.

She disclosed that the Administration was paying great attention to the reoccurrence of the Ebola Virus disease in Guinea taking into consideration that the FCT was an international gateway into Nigeria.



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