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Insecurity: FCT, 6 states hold G7 summit to tackle challenge

Sep, 2021 | By Tony Odey | ||

A mammoth drive to push back the menace of insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and contiguous states is underway. Collaborating in the fresh effort are Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau State governments as well as FCT Administration (FCTA). They make up the G7.

At a technical committee meeting of the security summit of the group which held last week at the Nigeria Police Officers Mess, Garki, Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration (FCTA), Mr. Olusade Adesola, who delivered the welcome address at the event, described the meeting as apt, considering the present insecurity and criminality in the nation.

According to him, the fundamental objectives of the G7 include information and intelligence-gathering, sharing and tracking of criminal syndicates with the aim of curtailing mobility of criminals within the FCT and member states. The Permanent Secretary urged the Chief Executives of G7 states not to relent in their drive to ensure that maximum safety and security is guaranteed in all member states.

He further appealed to member states to consider the meeting as an urgent clarion call to salvage their respective states by stretching their innovative minds to proffer workable and human-oriented solutions geared towards stemming the devastating tide of insecurity. The Permanent Secretary also remarked that all hands must be on deck to protect FCT from being vulnerable to attack.

He said: “Let me draw our attention to the fact that regardless of our inclinations to our states of origin, we should bear in mind that Abuja is the nation's capital city and as such, we all do have a common stake to protect the FCT from being vulnerable to any act of criminality and attack. ''It is important to remind us that Abuja, aside being the seat of the Federal Government, is equally playing host to foreign Embassies and High Commissions of many countries of the world.

The city of Abuja, strategically, is the gateway of the nation and the symbol of unity to all tribes of the nation. ''Therefore, any major security breach or criminal act will greatly embarrass the country.” Mr. Adesola explained that FCTA, for its part, would ensure it keeps to its tradition of providing safety and security for all residents of the Territory.

Earlier in his address, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babaji Sunday explained that the meeting will provide opportunity for interactive session for member states to review the briefings, exchange ideas and contribute meaningfully to bring up measures that will check the prevailing security challenges.

Also speaking, the Director of Security Services, FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary said it is necessary to come together to forge a common front, particularly on cross-border crimes. Also, Nasarawa State Police Commissioner, Adesina Shoyemi, said it has become imperative to monitor properly the people who come to Abuja.


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