The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is working tirelessly with appropriate security authorities to achieve zero tolerance for crime in the FCT.
Dr Bello Abdullateef, the Director of Administration and Finance of the FCTA Department of Security Services made this known in an interview with Journalists in Abuja.
The Director, who also informed residents of the territory that security agents and agencies are working hard to combat kidnapping and other social vices.
Abdullateef, however, urged people of the FCT to constantly provide information about crimes to security agencies, saying, security agencies are not spirit but human organizations that require the cooperation of residents to carry out their job.
According to him, “So if we agreed that security is a business of everyone then, of course, there is need for us to Bluetooth on the residents to ensure that the security is a guarantee but let me use this medium again to reassure residences that the security agencies are on top of their games and they are working hard to ensure zero tolerance to crimes and criminality in FCT.
“The FCT Security agencies have mobilised personnel to contain most of the wanton security developments within the city.
“I think we have to look at it from two perspectives, from the internal security arrangements within the FCT and from the suburbs of the FCT where we have a prevalence of criminality like kidnapping. From within, I can reliably tell you that the situation is calm given the period under review. And if you move around the city you will see this development for yourself”.
“But within the suburbs particularly the Area councils they are notable kidnapping cases that were published in the media within Kuje and Bwari Area Council, he explained.
While speaking on the administration in collaboration with G7 states, the FCT Director of Administration and Finance hinted that the administration in collaboration with G7 states are working relentlessly to address the menace of kidnapping within the city and its neighbouring states.
He said, ” Because most of the activities of kidnapping even though there are one or two cases going on, the administration will ensure we nipped it in bud especially during this ember period they will quickly put an action so that we push all these criminals out of the FCT entirely.”
Fielding questions from newsmen on whether it is the economic challenges that catalyzed criminality, Abdullateef said, “You know what you have as criminality as mere symptoms of security in a wider perspective because if somebody is not employed that person is not secure, if people feel that their welfare, their right is not properly address, they will feel insecure”.
“So security in itself is a generic term lack of protector so if you say, lack of economic situation in the country it could be the reason why we have a high rate of incidents of crimes but we are not out of place”.
While commenting on the role of the traditional rulers and religious leaders in addressing the menace of insecurity within the city, the Director said, “Of course when you began to look at the non-kinetic element of security, you cannot rules out the traditional rulers and the religious leaders, they are all mobilised and they are all part of the highest security body of the FCT security committee”.