…4 Persons Killed In 4 Days
By Sarah NEGEDU
Despite their proximity to the official residence of the FCT Minister, residents of Kuchibena, in the Life Camp area of AMAC, have cried out over the level of insecurity and several murders recorded in the area in recent times.
Some terrified residents alledge that deadly cult activities has left them in constant fear with many comparing the area to a killing field.
They claim several persons have died within the past two month, with about 4 persons murdered this week alone in a most gruesome manner by people suspected to be cultists.
The last killing that shook the village and many afraid of speaking out, was the gruesome murder of a young man, whose body was said to have been dismembered and his head chopped off and hung on a stick by his attackers.
One of the community leaders who pleaded anonymity, said that the bloody cult clashes have become too frequent and deadly, making people to live on a daily basis with clouds of uncertainty and disillusionment.
He said the night hours are the worst period for residents, as the criminals have defied almost all the security measures put in place by the community and some security agencies.
Though the FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, has not reacted to the killings in Kuchibena, a letter addressed to Abuja Environmental Protection Board, requesting for demolition of the criminal hideouts in the community confirmed the situation there.
The letter dated April 28th, 2021 and signed by the Galadima Divisional Police Officer, CSP Chinyere Akalaga, complained that the activities of the hoodlums had destroyed peace and order in village and the surrounding neighbourhood.
The letter reads, “Consequent upon Intelligence report received from the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Abuja from the Department of State Security Services and 21st April 2021 pointing Sahara Gate Market, Mab-Global Junction, Efab Queen opposite market, Cashew Garden along Kuchibena and the popular Mami market in the same Kuchibena area among other major black spots in Galadima srca in the FCT Command.
“It has become even more expedient that a drastic action be taken by your agency in order to curb the excesses of hoodlums and miscreants that have over time terrorize the peace in and around the neighborhood.
“In view of the above stated facts, it may therefore please your authority in the interest of sanity to consider the following as measures for lasting solution to include: Outright removal, demolition of illegal structures within the area under review. Liaise with the police on a joint assignment in a bid to dislodge them from their hide-outs.”