AHEAD of the
Christmas and New
Year celebrations,
the Commissioner of
Police in the Federal
capital territory, FCT,
Sadiq Abubakar Bello
has confirmed that
there are plans by
criminal elements to
launch an attack on
Abuja, the seat of the
Federal Republic of
Nigeria.
CP Bello, however,
assured that the
police were working
in collaboration
with sister security
agencies to ensure
that the entire citizens
enjoy a peaceful
yuletide.
The police chief
disclosed this
yesterday during a
stakeholders’ meeting
with traditional rulers,
religious leaders,
transporters, market
women and men,
and other relevant
stakeholders.
He stated: “The
threat to attack the
city is real. However,
we want to assure
members of the public
that we are working in
collaboration with sister
security agencies to
ensure that we all enjoy
a peaceful yuletide.”
The FCT police chief
stressed that a lot
needed to be done in
order to ensure a safer
FCT, as he advised
members of the public
to work with the police
in order to usher in an
atmosphere of peace
and tranquillity as we
go into the year 2018.
In the meantime, the
FCT police command
has been urged to
take crime prevention
campaign to primary
and secondary schools
within the territory,
even as information
sharing, as a channel
of confidence building,
topped discussing
during the stakeholders
meeting.
The police were also
charged to work closely
with Abuja Municipal
Area Council, AMAC
marshals, created to
compliment police
efforts in curbing crime
in the seat of power.
Some of the
stakeholders noted
that the Nigeria police
force was grossly
underfunded unlike
their counterparts
across the globe,
hence suggesting that
every community
should think of how
to empower the police
to help solve security
problems within the
communities.
Addressing the
stakeholders, CP Bello
said the essence of the
stakeholders’ meeting
was for the police and
members of the public
to come together to
address the current
security threat in the
FCT and ensure a hitchfree
yuletide.
He said, “On our
part, the Nigeria Police,
FCT command, we
have been working
assiduously to bring
down the level of crime
and criminality in the
City. We know that a lot
more need to be done,
as such, we promise
residents of the FCT,
we’ll continue to do
our best to improve the
security in the Territory
so that everybody will
go about his/her lawful
businesses without
fear.”
In a session
coordinated by Amb
Paddy Kembi Njoku,
who noted that world
over, paramilitary
organisations such as
prisons, immigration
and civil defence were
all arms of the police,
the stakeholders agreed
to create channel of
confidence building
between the police and
the public.
The meeting also
expressed concern
over involvement of
under-aged children in
serious crimes when a
teacher at Government
Secondary School,
Karshi, John Clark,
gave instances where
students get involved
in serious crimes that
are associated with
only adults, even as
he revealed that some
people use school
uniforms to perpetrate
crime.
Clark advised that the
police should involve
principals of schools in
the stakeholders’ forum
or that the campaign
against crime should
be taken to school
environments.
The meeting also
agreed that there should
be increase in vigilance,
and that under-aged
Fulani children should
not be allowed to rear
cows.

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