Abuja, neighbouring states take action to combat insecurity

To combat rising insecurity in the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration said it had restructured security operations and collaborated with states bordering Abuja.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, explained at a security committee meeting that the move would allow security operatives in neighbouring states and the FCT to target terrorist enclaves terrorising their territories.

Niger, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Benue, and Plateau are the neighbouring states.

Babaji hoped that the action would aid in adequately securing the FCT.

He was quoted to have said these in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT, Anthony Ogunleye, late Thursday.

The statement partly read, “In order to enhance the provision of security in the nation’s capital, the FCT Administration has taken steps to re-invigorate the G7 security operations which involves security collaboration and partnerships with states that are contiguous to the Federal Capital Territory.

“According to the FCT CP, the re-invigoration of the G7 security operations 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 camps which are mostly located in states bordering the FCT.

“The Police Commissioner, however, called for the collaboration and cooperation of residents of the FCT whom he urged to provide actionable and timely intelligence to the security agencies while also calling them to be security conscious at all times.”

He also assured residents of their safety and urged them to go about their lawful activities.

Babaji added, “I’m also assuring them that the FCT is safe. Every member of the community should go about their lawful businesses. We are on top of the situation. We have deployed our men both overt and covert and we are doing everything possible in synergy with all the security agencies, with the support of our traditional rulers and religious leaders to make sure that FCT is safe,” he assured.

The Senior Special Assistant on Security to the Minister, Ambassador Abu Mohammed, while corroborating the CP, revealed the readiness of the heads of security agencies in the neighbouring states to participate actively in the G7 operations.

He also called on residents to be wary of fake news especially on the social media which are designed to cause panic amongst the citizenry.

The move is coming following the rising insecurity in the nation’s capital.

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