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Insecurity: FCTA declares war against kidnapping


The Security Services Department of the FCT Administration has read the riot act against kidnapping and other violent crimes in the territory, as it vows to go after all those making life unbearable for residents.

Director administration and finance of the department, Dr. Bello Abdullateef, who made the pledge in a chat with journalists in Abuja, said the administration has zero tolerance to insecurity and other crimes within the nation’s capital.

The director, who assured residents that the security agencies are on top of their games to curb the menace of kidnapping, added that the administration was working assiduously to ensure zero tolerance for crimes.

He urged residents to always volunteer information related to crimes to the security agencies, noting that security agencies are not spirits but humans that need the support of residents to deliver on their mandates.

According to him, “So if we agreed that security is everyone’s business, then there is need for us to work with residents to ensure that security is guaranteed. But let me use this medium again to reassure residents that the security agencies are on top of their game and they are working hard to ensure zero tolerance to crimes and criminality in FCT.”

Abdullateef also revealed that the security agencies have mobilised more personnel to contain most of the wanton security issues within the city.

“I think we have to look at it from two perspectives, from the internal security arrangements within the FCT and from the suburbs of the territory where we have prevalence of criminality like kidnapping.

“From within, I can reliably tell you that the situation is calm given the period under review. And if you move around the city you will see this development for yourself. But within the suburbs particularly the area councils, there are notable areas within Kuje and Bwari area councils that have been in the media where incidents of kidnapping have been recorded,” he added.

“Because most of the activities of kidnapping even though there are one or two exercise going on to ensure they unsettle criminal elements, the major one is being prepared for, and I am sure, in view of this ember period they will quickly put an action so that we push all these criminals out of the FCT entirely.”

While commenting on the role of the traditional rulers and religious leaders in addressing the menace of insecurity within the city, the director said, “Of course, when you begin to look at non-kinetic element of security, you cannot rule out the traditional rulers and the religious leaders, they are all mobilised and they are all part of the highest security body of the FCT security committee.”

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