Police Undermine Security Fears In Abuja, Says Report On Killings, Abduction Is Misleading


LAGOS OCTOBER 9TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The FCT Police Command has said data on reported killings and abduction in the city making the rounds is misleading and false just as insecurity in the seat of power remained unabated.

Despited Police continuous denial of the reality in the city, the crime trend still remained on roof top as a viral video showing a victim of One-Chance robbery attempting to jump down from a fast-moving vehicle had sent goose pimples and fresh fears to residents.

The distressing video circulating online captures a troubling incident where a man is seen grappling with ‘one-chance’ operators in Abuja.

Spokesperson of the command however noted that the command was fully aware of the news making the rounds about abducted and kidnapped persons in the communities of the Federal Capital Territory.

According to her, 11 suspected kidnappers have been arrested in the last one month.

“The Command can confirm that there were reported cases of abduction/kidnapping within the Territory which heralded swift response from the Police who successfully rescued and reunited some of the abductees back with their family members.

“Equally the Command has arrested 11 kidnappers in the last one month, investigation is on going, some of the arrested kidnappers are assisting police to effect the arrests of fleeing members

“The Command wishes to state clearly that the figures/ numbers in the news making the round is inaccurate and actually misleading, as it may incite panic in the public.

“The Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Haruna G. Garba psc, wishes to reiterate the Command’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding live and property of all and ensuring residents of the FCT sleep with their eyes closed.

“He equally advises those circulating misleading information to create the impression that there is a sense of insecurity in FCT are not helping the issue.

“As Nigerian, you have an obligation to patner with the Police and other security agencies to make the city safer instead of creating trepidation in the minds of the people. FCT remain the safest place in the country.

“Members of the public are therefore advised to give information to the Police, in doing so you May be Saving life and property.

“The CP urges members of the public to promptly report distress calls and complaints through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883. Additionally, the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB).”

The trending video of broad day light one-chance robbery, which has been widely shared on various social media platforms, showed a scene in which a man desperately clings to the door of a moving car.

Recall that residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, had been highly unsettled following widespread insecurity around the city centre and some outskirts, characterized by frequent and indiscriminate robbing and abduction of motorists and commuters.

The ugly situation is stalling nightlife in the bubbling city.

Some residednts lamented that the FCT has become highly under-policed, with little or no visible policing operations going on.

Most times, a motorist can drive through the whole of Ahmadu Bello Way, one of the longest roads in the city, without sighting a police patrol. The agencies that are usually on rapid patrol are the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Vehicle Inspection Officers, but they are not armed.

Few days ago, a journalist attached to a television station was abducted by hoodlums in front of the NNPC Towers, by Conoil petrol station, and taken to an unknown destination where she was dispossessed of her phone and other belongings.

The alarming level of insecurity in the seat of power made the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to inform its staff about the red flag spots in the city, especially at night.


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