By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stressed the need for more collaborations amongst security agencies, in order to tackle insecurity in the FCT.
It has also charged security operatives in the FCT to double up efforts towards safeguarding lives and property in the territory.
The Administration however assured residents that the Administration was intensifying measures at ensuring the security of lives and property throughout the FCT.
Our correspondent reports that these were fall-outs of the FCT Security Committee meeting chaired by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.
Speaking during the meeting, Ramatu expressed the FCT Administration’s dissatisfaction with the recent security challenges in the FCT, including the kidnap of a traditional ruler in Rubochi.
She stressed the need for more information sharing among the security operatives as a way of checking criminals and criminality in the FCT.
Similarly, speaking after the security meeting, the Director, FCT Department of Security Services, Malam Adamu Gwary, restated the determination of the FCT Administration to ensure the safety of all residents of the Territory irrespective of who they are and where they reside.
He added that the Minister has directed the Area Council Chairmen to hold regular peace and security meetings.
Gwary said the outcome of such meetings will be a major component for the planning and implementation of strategies, by his department in meeting the security challenges in the Territory.
He therefore enjoined residents to share relevant information with security relevant operatives for prompt action.
“It is important that whenever you see something that is not in tune with your environment, it is expected that you report such to the relevant security agency.
“The FCT Call Centre is a platform where the identity of the informer is safeguarded, so they can rely on such window to communicate and inform the FCTA of any development that is happening within their environment,” he stated.
On the issue of the notorious “One Chance” operations in parts of the Territory, the Director said that already plans are in motion by the Transportation Secretariat to phase out unregistered taxis which, he said, were the main culprits in the one chance operation.
He disclosed that with the restriction on commercial tricycle operation, crime rate is expected to reduce, adding that phasing out unregistered taxis will eventually eliminate incidences of “one chance”.
Also, on the efforts being made to rescue the traditional ruler of Rubochi, Gwary revealed that the security agencies were working hard to ensure his rescue, adding that he was confident the community leader will be returned to his family hale and hearty.