Wike Urges Residents To Be Calm As Strong Actions Underway

From Lateef Taiwo

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barr. Nyesom Wike has assured FCT residents that recent upsurge of kidnapping and other vices in some parts of the territory will soon be a thing of the past as very strong actions is been mapp out to tackle the menace.

Wike gave this assurance while addressing journalists before a close door emergency security meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

He urged residents not to panic, stressing that measures would be taken to resolve the ugly incidents.

“All of us are aware of the security situation in FCT, particularly in Bwari and some other areas that we have witnessed security challenges.

“Yes, I am aware that sometimes too, the press overblows what is happening, but all of us are concerned and we owe a duty to make sure that FCT is safe.

“We will do all we can, and we assure Nigerians who reside here that there is no need for panic. We are taking every step to make sure that the challenges are resolved,” he said.

The minister explained that the security meeting was to look into the security challenges and find practical ways to address them.

He added that all the Chairmen of the Area Councils were invited for the meeting because they also have a responsibility in their various councils.

“So, we will put our heads together to come up with solutions.

“We are not sleeping; the security agencies are not sleeping, and we provide every support that they require to allay the fears of the residents,” he said.

Wike, however, frowned at constant travels by the area councils’ chairmen in the wake of challenges, particularly the current kidnappings and other security challenges affecting the council areas.

He described the development as unacceptable, considering the critical role of the council chairmen in addressing security challenges.

“This time around, we will not be happy, where area council chairmen will abdicate their responsibility and travel out.

“We have gotten reports that the council chairmen travel anytime, and if anything happens, they will not call anybody’s name, but the FCT ministers.






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