FCT polls: Authorities move against political violence

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, has assured residents that his administration will push for the prosecution of any one involved in political violence “before, during and after the area councils election.”

The rescheduled FCT area councils elections in the capital, Abuja, is now slated for 9th April.

The Minister told members of the House of Representatives Committee on FCT that those involved irrespective of political affiliations would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as
a deterrent.

I have already directed the security agencies to ensure that all those involved irrespective of their political lining be arrested as the law would take it full course.

All perpetrators of the political violence that led to the attack of opponents in Abaji, the capital of Abaji Area Councils would be arrested and be made to face the full wrath of the law”, he disclosed.

He insisted that the FCT Area Councils’ elections must be conducted peacefully, urging all political gladiators in the territory to warn their followers not to be involved in political thuggery.

All the flash points have been identified across the Territory and would be effectively monitored to guarantee that law and order is maintained before, during and after the FCT Area Councils’ Elections”, the minister emphasized.

The minister added that the Administration would also partner with all stakeholders to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order in any part of the city during the polls.

He has contacted traditional rulers on the need for peaceful elections as well as mobilize the residents to come out to exercise their civic responsibility.

FCT Administration would continue to support the security agencies to enable them be on top of any unforeseen circumstance”, he noted.

The Chairman, House Committee on Interior, Hon. Adams Jagaba, who is also a member of the Committee assured the minister that he would mobilize all the security agencies to fully support the FCT Administration in ensuring peaceful elections.