7 December 2017

Nigeria: Yuletide - FCTA Assures of Safety

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Security Committee has called on residents to take the issue of security seriously in their neighbourhoods, work and worship places.

The committee also cautioned against the use of fireworks saying that the ban on the use of fireworks in the territory is still in force.

This, the committee said, has become imperative especially during the festive seasons.

The security emergency meeting was convened by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, against the backdrop of travel alerts issued by some foreign diplomatic institutions to their citizens about Abuja.

The minister subsequently assured residents that the police and other security agencies have been placed on heightened alert to check crime and ensure effective surveillance in the territory.

The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, said the police and other security outfits have stepped up patrol of reported flashpoints of crime as well as enhanced surveillance on supermarkets, malls and gardens among others.

The committee called on churches and mosques to galvanize their faithful for increased security alert. Residents have also been requested to be conscious of their environment and to report suspicious movements within their neighbourhoods to law enforcement agents.

The committee, it was revealed, has also commenced security audit of the hotels, especially those patronised in the FCT to ascertain their security preparedness. "This is with a view to assisting them on security preparedness and awareness to assure tourists and investors that our hotels are safe," it said.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello reinforced the assurances given by the minister, assuring that the police were working with other security agencies to ensure visibility policing, intelligence gathering and sharing as well as joint patrols.

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