30 January 2013

Nigeria: FCT Minister Summons Emergency Security Meeting

Alarmed by the growing internationalisation of the current state insecurity in the country, the Minister Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has summoned an emergency security meeting to appraise the increased influx of foreign immigrants into the FCT.

Mohammed, while speaking at emergency meeting, which was held yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the FCT Minister's Official Residence, Abuja, remarked that it is only normal for this Administration to take proactive measures to reduce any possibility of security breach in the Territory.

He emphasised that the government does not want to be taken unawares as the security of lives and property remains on the front burner of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

The minister called for continued collaboration, sharing of information with a view to ensuring synergy amongst all the security outfits in the Federal Capital Territory.

"I want to remind you of the constant need to share intelligence so as to nip on the bud any elements of crime or criminality," he said.

Mohammed promised to support the security agencies by procuring new security equipment to ease their operation, and urged them to be on a red alert to effectively take precautionary measures against any unforeseen circumstance.

"I, therefore, advise the residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the security agents," he said.

The emergency meeting was attended by all the heads of military formation in FCT; FCT Police Commissioner; Director, Department of State Security; FCT Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, representatives of Customs, Immigration and Prisons. Others were the FCT Permanent Secretary, Chairmen of the six Area Councils in FCT, as well as other top officials of the FCT Administration.

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