By Stanley Onyekwere
In order to mitigate the increasing insecurity in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Nigeria Union of Journalists in collaboration with Human Rights Radio have held a town hall meeting to brainstorm on how best to tackle the menace within the Territory.
In particular, the meeting which brought together relevant stakeholders in the nation’s capital have agreed to work in synergy until the desire goals of ending kidnapping and armed banditry in the FCT is achieved.
Speaking during the event, the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Christopher Isiguzo noted that method used by the security architecture in curtailing the prevailing security threat is not yielding the desire results.
Isiguzo urged the government to come out with new approaches in addressing some of the security challenges facing the FCT and country at large.
He noted that the current strategies the security architecture has not produce the desire results in curtailing the security, calling the federal government to rejip the security architecture for optimum results that would help to bring peace and harmony in the country.
He opined that the current security architecture in the country need to be overhaul for for optimum results in fighting crimes and social vices in FCT and the nation in general.
Similarly, the Chairman, FCT Council of the NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche noted that governments at all levels are duty bound to secure, protect and safeguard Nigerians wherever they are in any part of the country including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Ogeche said the Town Hall meeting by the NUJ on rising security challenges in the FCT, is an aggregation of daily reports and citizens apprehension of emerging threats that seek to undermine their safety and general well-being.
According to him,” This town hall meeting is not to indict the administration, and or the security agencies, rather an avenue for critical stakeholders in the FCT to weigh in on the common fears we all share at the growing determination of a few individuals who threaten our peace and livelihoods.”
The Chairman noted it is in line with the agenda setting of the media to offer insights on social and policy issues to the administration that the NUJ decided to organize the town hall meeting on security challenges in FCT.
He pledged that the Council is determined to set a new paradigm of engagement with stakeholders in the FCT by engaging constructively on issues that affect each and every one in the society.
On his part, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Ciroma, who stressed that the security outfit in the FCT have recorded an overwhelming successes in addressing the menace, called on the members of the public to be vigilant and also help in providing useful information on any crime related issues in FCT and the nation at large.
Ciroma pointed out that the rate of kidnapping and armed banditry in the FCT is very minimal because of the commitment shown by the men and officers of the Nigeria Police force in the territory.
He emphasized that Nigerians own it a duty to assist the police in safeguarding the nation by providing them with relevant information concerning the criminals element within the society.
Similarly, a Security expert and rtd Commissioner of Police Mr Lawrence Alobi said to further strengthen the Nigeria police for optimum performance, President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Police Trust Fund bill which was earlier passed by the 8th Senate into Law.