Reps summon Wike, Ribadu others over insecurity in FCT

Elizabeth AtimeFebruary 8, 20244 min

Reps, worried about insecurity in FCT have mandated the heads of all Security Agencies to urgently collaborate and set up special units to clamp down on criminals

The House of Representatives on Wednesday agreed to invite the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesome Wike, the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and heads of all Security Agencies for an emergency security briefing and strategy on how to curb the insecurity in Abuja.

The lawmakers also mandated the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to install Security Cameras and other security gadgets around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs and also equip security personnel with modern security equipment, including drones, to combat the rising and frightening insecurity.

They further mandated the heads of all Security Agencies to urgently collaborate among themselves, train and set up special units within their formations to track and clamp down on the Criminal elements within and around the Territory.

These resolutions were sequel to a motion deliberated and passed under matters of urgent national importance titled,  “The Need to Curb Deteriorating Insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory moved by  Rep. Dominic Okafor (Anambra, APGA) at plenary on Wednesday.

Presenting the motion, Okafor noted that the Federal Capital Territory is and remains the seat of the Federal Government from where National policies are formulated, with the headquarters of Federal Government Agencies and international edifices located, while a majority of foreigners and visitors are residents.

He revealed that the government of nearby Nasarawa State has announced plans to install security cameras across their state to curb the distressing security challenges in the state which ought to be replicated in Abuja being the Centre of the Nation and should be the safest place in the country.

“The level of insecurity raving the Centre of Unity in recent times, is, to say the least, very disappointing and unbefitting of a Federal Capital City where there are escalating cases of “one chance “, armed robberies, banditry, and rampant kidnappings and killings,” he said.

“The last administration, through the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy compulsorily registered and linked National Identification Numbers (NIN) with Telephone Numbers of Nigerians and further linked same with various bank accounts with the main purpose of curbing the rising spate of insecurity in the Country.”

The lawmaker stressed that since the Compulsory registration and linking of the National Identification Numbers (NIN) by the Federal Government, there has never been a time it was deployed to tackle or address the pressing and scary state of insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory or the Nation at large.

Furthermore, he expressed worry that since criminal elements in and around the Federal Capital Territory are speedily evolving from the norm to advanced techniques of criminality, the security agencies of government ought to urgently digitalize their operations to return the FCT to its safest haven in the Country with the use of Drones, ClosedCircuit Television(CCTV) and other modern sophisticated security gadgets.

“Restructuring the Nation economically and politically as is obtainable in most Western Economies is the next most appropriate step the Federal Government of Nigeria should go in a bit to addressing the teething economic, political and security concerns of Nigerians,” he declared.

The House However mandated the Security Agencies to immediately commence the use of the registered National Identification Numbers (NIN) in their technology to trace and curb insecurity in the FCT and across the Country.

Rep. Okafor Dominic (APGA, Anambra) is one of the 12 lawmakers in the spotlight from the House of Representatives who are likely to make headlines and impact in the new year as predicted by OrderPaper. 

Rep. Dominic asserted that his bid for a seat in the House was inspired by his desire to serve. The lawmaker said he left his comfort zone as a business executive to join politics because of his passion for serving his people. Nigerians can see that the lawmaker is staying true to his commitment and the prediction by OrderPaper.

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Elizabeth Atime

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