The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called for more collaboration among security agencies to tackle insecurity in the FCT.
It also charged security operatives in the FCT to redouble efforts towards safeguarding lives and property in the territory.
These were fallouts of the FCT Security Committee meeting chaired by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, last week in Abuja.
Dr. Ramatu, who expressed the FCT Administration’s dissatisfaction with the recent security challenges in the FCT, including the kidnap of a traditional ruler in Rubochi, however assured residents that the administration was intensifying measures at ensuring the security of lives and property throughout the territory.
She stressed the need for more information sharing among security operatives as a way of checking criminals and criminality in the FCT.
Speaking after the security meeting, the Director, FCT Department of Security Services, Malam Adamu Gwary, restated the determination of the FCT Administration to ensure the safety of all residents irrespective of who they are and where they reside.
He added that the Minister of State had directed the area council chairmen to hold regular peace and security meetings.
Malam Gwary said the outcome of such meetings will be a major component for the planning and implementation of strategies by his department in tackling the security challenges in the territory.
He enjoined residents to share relevant information with security operatives. “It is important that whenever you see something that is not in tune with your environment, it is expected that you report such to the relevant security agency.
“The FCT Call Centre is a platform where the identity of the informer is safeguarded, so they can rely on such window to communicate and inform the FCTA of any development happening within the environment,” he said.
On the notorious “One Chance” operations in parts of the territory, the director said already, plans are in motion by the Transportation Secretariat to phase out unregistered taxis which, he said, were the main culprits in the one chance operation.
He disclosed that with the restriction on commercial tricycle operation, crime rate is expected to reduce, adding that phasing out unregistered taxis will eventually eliminate incidences of “one chance”.