Security agencies and community stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT-Abuja have agreed that peaceful co-existence and intelligence gathering will go a long way in guaranteeing security of lives and properties in the territory.
The agreement was reached yesterday during stakeholders meeting on security convened by the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Wilson Inalegwu, who solicited synergy between the security organs as well as partnership with community leaders.
Apart from the police, the meeting was attended by the Army, Department of State Services, DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, traditional rulers, religious leaders, estate developers, transporters and the media.
Addressing participants, CP Inalegwu said the meeting was aimed at sharing thoughts since security issues concern everybody, stressing that the security agencies alone cannot safeguard the lives and property in the seat of the federal government, and its neighbouring states of Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger, Benue and Kaduna.
The Abuja police chief stated, “This partnership is important because we (security organs) are only privileged to wear the uniform and are paid. Everybody is security person, so I want all of you to see yourselves as security agents in your neighbourhood. See security as your business. What happens in your neighbourhood should be your concern and if you see any suspicious act, report to the security agencies.”
He advised that there should be peaceful co-existence, tolerance and cooperation among the residents of the territory irrespective of tribe, religion and interest. “We are all created by one God and we need each other so we are all stakeholders in the security business. All criminal activities are committed by human beings and not ghosts so we need your collaboration so that we can make communities safer. We need you to live in peace with one another”, CP Inalegwu stressed.
Inalegwu hinted that there is an ongoing joint operations across the FCT to ensure peace and security.
Representative of the Guard of Brigade, Nigerian Army, Major Oludele Oyegoke, during a remark, stated that the part to a more secured society is for both security agencies and the people generally to step up intelligence and security awareness in their communities.
Similarly, the FCT commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Patrick Ukpan said the security challenges being faced by the Nigerian State currently demands that all hands most be on deck, stressing that elsewhere in the world where there is minimal security challenges is due to peoples’ cooperation, even as he advised landlords to ensure that they conduct checks on their tenants and keep their dossiers.
The Emir of Karshi, HRH Ismaila Mamman, who represented the Chairman of the FCT Council of Traditional rulers, the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, commended the CP for convening the security meeting, stating that the meeting was long overdue.
Both the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Isreal Akanji and the representative of NJI, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, briefed the meeting on security measures the religious bodies have adopted in addressing the security challenges being faced currently.
The religious leaders disclosed that they have introduced CCTVs in their places of worship and security checks are always conducted on worshippers before stepping in. “What we do now is that while others are praying, others are watching”, Abubakar revealed.