FCTA says Abuja remains Nigeria’s safest City
Hudu Yakubu Abuja
Authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has given assurance that Abuja, the Nigerian Capital city remains the safest and most peaceful City in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Security Matters, Ambassador Abu Salihu Mohammed gave the assurance while reacting to recent reports on the social media about the security situation in the Territory.
He said the high level of security of lives and property explains why there are large influx of people into the Territory from all parts of the nation, despite attempts by peddlers of fake news, painting the Territory as unsafe.
According to him, “Although, the FCT is not immune to crimes (banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other petty thefts) as a result of its location, the situation is exacerbated by spread of fake news.
The print and electronic media as well as social media platforms have been awashed with panic/false alarms, thus further aggravating the prevailing tension amongst significant proportion of residents of the territory.”
His added that “Just recently, the Hon. Minister of FCT Malam Muhammad Musa Bello approved the sum of one hundred and two million, three hundred and eight-two thousand, five hundred Naira (N102, 382, 500) for the commencement of the second phase of the G-7 operation. The operation, which will last for thirty days and spread over two months will cost over two hundred and seven thousand Naira (N207, 000,000).
“The second phase of the Operation will see the commencement of security actions and procedures by members of the G7 which will involve taking the fight to the bandits and terrorists in their dens. Already, some of the neighbouring countries have given their nods to the operation.”
Amb. Mohammed added that efforts being made by the FCT Administration to curb insecurity in Abuja are numerous.
“It was as a result of these efforts that the Honourable Minister of FCT directed all relevant SDAs to work jointly and close down identified scrap markets (Panteka) where the transmission lines and other stolen infrastructure were sold. Also, consideration is being given to stemming the demand side of the scavenging activities by targeting the end users. It is strongly believed that if the end users are identified and punished, it will curtail the rampant cases of vandalizing critical national assets,” he said.