The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has summoned an emergency meeting over the alarming state of insecurity in Abuja. The security situation in the capital city has worsened in the last months with kidnappers and bandits holding the city by the jugular.
Miffed by the development, Wike, yesterday, summoned a meeting of security agencies and other stakeholders in the FCT. In attendance were heads of security agencies, top officials of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), area council chairmen and traditional rulers.
Wike, during the meeting, advised the council chairmen to live up to their responsibilities. He, however, assured residents of improved security, maintaining that there is a need for the re-strategizing of the security architecture.
The meeting came hours after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi, rued the death of Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, one of the girls abducted on the outskirts of Abuja.
Consequently, Wike warned the six council chairmen in the territory against frequent overseas trips amid security and education crises in the territory.
Wike said: “All of us are aware of the security situation in the FCT, particularly Bwari Area Council and some other areas that we have witnessed security challenges.
“All we are concerned about is that in the FCT that houses virtually every Nigerian, we must ensure it is safe. We will do all we can, and we assure Nigerians who reside here that there is no need for panic. This meeting is practically to look into such challenges and see how we will be able to resolve the problems.”
Wike however, affirmed that his ministry and security agencies are not sleeping, promising to provide every support required to allay the fears of the residents.
Warning the chairmen against abdication of responsibility and frequent travels, the minister said: “We have invited all the council chairmen because they also have a responsibility in their various area councils.