By Stanley Onyekwere
Amid seemingly escalation of insecurity in the country, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called for sustained support from the citizens to the officers of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies, in order to enable them halt the menace.
Bello, particularly appealed to all Nigerians to appreciate the Police and other security agencies and continue to provide them with the needed support as organisations whether public or private.
The Minister made the assertion at the decoration of some promoted police officers attached to his office, yesterday, in Abuja.
He said: “Let’s support them, let’s support their families and children and more important let’s support them with credible information to curtail rate of insecurity.
“I want to used this opportunity to thank the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force across the country and the FCT in particular for the support you have been given to the FCT Administration.
“ And also for the security and efforts you have been making to secure the city. Most of the time people get to hear only the sad or the negative stories but I can tell you I am privy to both the negative and sad stories.
“ And in the FCT Command most of the times the good stories are just buried but I know the kind of work you are doing tirelessly day and night.
“For each robberies, the FCT Police Command are able to prevent 10 and for each kidnappings that you see on the newspaper, FCT Police Command must have prevented up to 20.
“Everyday arrests are being made, harden criminals, drugs peddlers, people of questionable characters are also being apprehended.
“But because of the time we are in; sometimes because of issue of confidentiality and the issue of the legal system we operate, most people don’t get to know this.”
Furthermore, the Minister appreciated the support of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the cooperation that the FCT Administration was enjoying from the FCT Police Command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma.
Similarly, the Minister congratulated the newly promoted police officers attached to his office and urged them to justify the confidence reposed on them.
“On behalf of the FCT Administration it is my honour and privilege to congratulate the officers that have been decorated.
“ The results of hard work is more hard work, you all deserve your new ranks. We have worked closely with you here, including your other colleagues and other officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in the FCT.
“ As a matter of fact, there is so much work that you need to do. Having work with you, I have no doubt that whatever responsibility assigned to you it will be carried out to the best of your ability,” he stated.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command,Bala Ciroma, urged the newly promoted officers to renew their commitment to duty, saying “ more will be expected of them.”
On his part, Ahmed Abdulrasheed, the Chief Security Officer to the Minister, who has been promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police, thanked the IGP and FCT Commissioner of Police for finding him worthy to be promoted.
He pledged to redouble commitment to discharge his assigned duties diligently with a view to enhance the credibility of the force.
“Dedications and hardwork pays;and it has always been my character in service and I will do more.
“ The promotion will motivate us to be more effective, and will give us new direction, “ he said.