Malam Muhammad Musa Bello
Malam Muhammad Musa Bello

TO reduce traffic bottlenecks in Abuja metropolis, the Nigeria Police Force has been charged to remove the remaining road barricades around some of its formations in the Federal Capital City since the hitherto security situation has tremendously improved. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, gave this charge in his office when the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, AIG Salisu Abdullahi Mohammed Fagge paid him a courtesy call as part of his familiarisation tour of FCT Police Command. The Minister said that other members of the security community in the Federal Capital Territory have since taken measures to remove or
to reduce their road barricades and therefore the Nigeria Police Force should do the needful to further improve vehicular movement. Malam Bello urged the Police and other security agencies in the Territory to take the knotty issue of traffic indiscipline more seriously; stressing that Abuja must remain the pacesetter in the country since it is the only city that is a product of law in Nigeria. He also urged the Police high command to direct the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, to as a matter of priority stop the activities of commercial motorcyclists and scavengers in their areas of jurisdictions; in addition to restricting the movement of Keke Napep to the estates. The Minister said that this responsibility should not be left to the Task Force alone, as it is equally the primary responsibility of the Police to fight crime in whatever form. “One of my greatest concerns in running the city and the Territory is traffic indiscipline by motorists, the use of motorcycles (Okada) within the city and the use of the tricycle, popularly called Keke Napep in unapproved areas,” the Minister emphasized. He reiterated, “My appeal to you is to direct all your DPOs, since every area is under somebody. Direct them that motorcycles and keke Napep are not allowed within so and so areas of Abuja. We also have these scavengers. They are not allowed by our laws.” Malam Bello also directed the security agents to closely monitor activities in uncompleted buildings to ensure that only the security guard employed by the owner is staying in such places. While asking the Police to encourage community policing in the Territory, the Minister noted that monitoring of uncompleted buildings would go a long way to assist in always nipping in the bud, any criminal activity at its embryonic stage. Speaking earlier, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, AIG Salisu Abdullahi Mohammed Fagge said that he was deployed to the zone last month and from the briefs he has been receiving, the FCT Police Command has been doing very well. He assured that the Police would be proactive in their approach to the policing of the citizenry and appreciated the support the FCT Police Command has been receiving from the FCT Administration.


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