Insecurity: Our Efforts Will Soon Yield Positive Results-Mahmoud

By: Freda Aideyan

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, has assured residents of the Federal Capital Territory that the measures put in place by the FCT Administration to address the issues of insecurity across the Territory, will soon yield positive results.

The Minister gave this assurance, when she paid a sympathy visit to the family of Al-Kadriyar Mansoor, whose  daughters were recently released after several days in kidnappers den.

Mahmoud, stressed that since the reported cases of kidnapping in recent times, the FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has been on his feet doing all that is necessary to improve on the security situation in and around the 8000 square kilometers of Territory.

Her words: “I am sure the people of FCT will also bear witness of our collective efforts in tackling insecurity. They have seen how we have been up and doing since this incident of kidnapping and other security matters.”

“The Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has been on his feet. We have been doing all that is necessary to improve on our security situation in FCT,” she added.

“All the support to be given to the security agencies have been put in place and also some materials and equipment they need to carry out their duties are also in the process. So also the issue of access road, we think will also improve the security situation in FCT and the satellite towns,” Mahmoud stressed.

“I am sure you too have seen that the issue of kidnapping is going down, but we want it at a zero level”, the Minister of State reiterated.

She, however, expressed satisfaction over the victims state of health; noting that they are in a stable condition.

According to her, “we are here today in the house of Mr. Alkadriyar Mansoor, because of the tragedy that happened to the family. Precisely the issue of kidnapping of his five female children but released by the support of the government and family members”.

“So we have come to support the family and to tell them that the FCT Administration is with them. By and large, we are here to see how they are coping psychologically, mentally and also spiritually. And we thank Almighty Allah for their lives and health, because they are in a stable condition,” she said.

In his response, the father of the children, who was also a victim, Mr. Alkadriyar Mansoor, thanked the Minister for the show of love, even as he called on the Administration to extend the same to other victims.

He also called on the Administration to equip the security agencies more; adding that the current equipment used by security agencies cannot measure up with the equipment used by the bandits.

He said, ” I am highly elated that the FCT Administration deemed it necessary to pay my family visit of which there are several other families who have been victims of kidnappers”.

“And I wish they would extend the gesture they have extended to me to other families who have been kidnapped like this as well,” he said.

“Nevertheless, I want the government to improve on the security in the Area Councils within FCT. Bwari, most especially is so porous. Bwari is bordering about three or four states”, he added.

“So buying the security agencies vehicles is not the only thing. Buy them gadgets that they will use to work”.