The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has expressed displeasure with the rate of insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister said that under his watch, no kidnapper would be granted bail henceforth. He mandated the chairmen of the six area councils of the FCT to hold mandatory monthly security meetings to improve the security situation in their respective councils.
Wike, who spoke during a security town hall meeting at Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in Abuja, asked to be notified if any chairman failed to hold the monthly security meeting. He declared that any council chairman that does not hold monthly council security meeting is a threat to the security of the council.
Wike said, “gone are the days when kidnappers will be granted bail. I will not allow it again. We will ensure that the kidnapper is punished. How will a kidnapper be granted bail?
“Therefore, I will be calling meetings of all traditional leaders, meeting with all council chairmen and meeting with all security agencies.
“If there is no monthly meeting held in terms of security meeting in the councils, I should be aware, and I will hold that chairman responsible for any security breach. If you do your job, I do my job, traditional leaders do their own job and security agencies do their own job, we won’t have problems.
“But if you don’t do your own part, I don’t do my own part, he does not do his own part then we are bound to have security problems”, Wike added.
Wike assured FCT residents that the government would provide everything that security agencies require to help them to perform their duties pointing out that some of the security agencies do not have the needed equipment and operational vehicles to perform optimally.
“They don’t have the needed logistics and communication gadgets, yet we want them to perform wonders, we want them to perform miracles. If they don’t have information, they will not perform miracles; if they don’t have information no wonders would be performed,” Wike continued.
“Ours is not to carry guns; ours is to provide information through the area councils, through our traditional rulers; and through my office, then to security agencies. When we give them information, they will take proactive actions,” he said.
He promised to construct a police station and some access roads as requested by the AMAC chairman, Mr. Christopher Maikalangu.
In his remarks, the Chief of Karshi, Alhaji Ismaila Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of traditional leaders at the meeting, called for working synergy between security leaders and community structures.
“Please do not politicise the security situation in the FCT. Leave the security challenge out of your politics. God forbid, if there is a problem here, all of you will run back to your states. We don’t have anywhere to go. So please, don’t create problems for us here,” the royal father pleaded.
The Traditional Ruler further appealed to the minister to compel the council chairmen to hold the mandatory monthly peace and security meetings.
He explained that the meeting was supposed to be monthly where all the Divisional Police Officers, Area Commanders, Heads of Department of State Services meet to exchange security information.
The Chairman of AMAC, Maikalangu, on his part revealed that activities of insurgents in the neighbouring and other states is partly responsible for the upsurge in migration of people into the FCT as their safe haven. This, according to him, had increased the rate of crime in rural communities and the city centre.
He applauded the minister for initiating the FCT Ministerial Taskforce, adding that the initiative was already yielding positive results. The Council boss also pointed out that lack of access roads to some of the communities that became kidnappers’ hideouts, particularly Kabusa, Ketti, Gbawu, was compounding the security challenge in the area.
He appealed to the minister to support the construction of the access roads in the communities, including Ketti, Takushara, Burum, Gidan Kwano, Leka, Kutasa, for the good and safety of the people.