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Insecurity in FCT: Wike Summons Emergency Security Meeting

Among those in attendance are heads of security agencies in the FCT, top officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), council chairmen, as well as traditional rulers.

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In a bid to tackle the high level of kidnappings and killings in Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesome Wike, has summoned an emergency security meeting.

Speaking at the forum, Wike said the government was working to support security agencies with all they need to tackle insecurity, as he assured FCT residents that “their safety is guaranteed”.

The FCT Minister stressed the need for security agencies to re-strategize and redouble their efforts to tame insecurity in the territory.

“All of us are aware of the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory, particularly Bwari and some other areas that witnessed challenges.

“I am aware that sometimes the press overblows what is happening, but all of us are concerned about the Federal Capital Territory. We assure Nigerians who reside here that there is no need to panic.

“We are taking every step to make sure that those challenges are resolved, so this meeting is practically to look into such challenges and see how we will be able to resolve them.

“That is why we invited all the council chairmen because they also have responsibility in their various area councils.We have to put our hands together to come up with solutions,” Wike said.

Among those in attendance are heads of security agencies in the FCT, top officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), council chairmen, as well as traditional rulers.

Persecondnews recalls that six girls and their father were abducted on January 9, 2024, at their home in Bwari, a suburb of Abuja.

Sadly, the kidnappers allegedly killed the eldest sister, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, a 400-level biological science student at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, because the ransom payment was late.

The gunmen, who had reportedly demanded N60 million to free the remaining abductees, released their father to go and mobilize funds for the ransom.

In another development, on January 7, gunmen dressed in military camouflage uniforms invaded Sagwari layout estate in Dutse, another suburb in FCT, and kidnapped about 10 people.

The kidnappers also demanded a N60 million ransom from the families of the abductees for their release.

The gunmen, seeking to issue a stern warning to families negotiating ransom, tragically killed three of the 10 victims.

Among the three victims killed was a 13-year-old secondary school student identified as Folorunsho Ariyo.

The tragic killings of Nabeeha, Folorunsho, and two others have triggered widespread condemnation across the country.

Also, the ransom demand has reportedly escalated from the initial N60 million per person to N100 million, bringing the total ransom to N700 million following crowd funding from netizens.

 

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