The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has emphasized the Federal Government’s unwavering commitment to combatting the recent surge in bandit attacks within the Abuja region. Addressing residents at a town hall meeting in the Bwari Area Council of the FCT on Wednesday, Wike reassured the community of enhanced security measures.
The town hall meeting followed escalating reports of kidnapping for ransom and violent incidents in the FCT. Wike, who convened the meeting in response to growing concerns, conveyed President Bola Tinubu’s directive to provide comprehensive support to security agencies, signaling a departure from business as usual.
Earlier in the week, Wike held discussions with heads of security agencies, FCT Administration officials, and Area Council Chairmen to address the alarming security situation in the territory. During the town hall meeting, he underscored the gravity of the issue and affirmed the government’s renewed focus on security.
“Security is one of the key priorities of Mr. President’s administration,” said Wike. “It is no longer going to be business as usual. Everything has to be done to protect lives and property. Without protection of lives and property, then we have no business in government.”
Wike revealed that President Tinubu had granted approval to provide all necessary resources to the security agencies. He expressed determination to prevent the recurrence of recent criminal activities, especially the abductions and killings that have affected the Bwari area.
Acknowledging the challenges posed by the vast and complex geography of the Bwari Area Council, Wike assured residents of a comprehensive approach. He stated, “Security agencies will not have any reason to say that they are not equipped; we will provide everything required.”
The Chairman of the Bwari Area Council, John Gabaya, highlighted the unique security challenges faced by the council due to its size and difficult terrain. Gabaya requested logistical support, including vehicles and motorcycles for effective patrol and surveillance in the 16 districts and over 90 villages and hamlets under the council’s jurisdiction.
Additionally, Gabaya appealed for the training and retraining of hunters and villagers engaged in supporting local security efforts. The collaborative efforts between the government and the local community aim to create a robust security framework to counter the emerging threats posed by bandit activities in the Federal Capital Territory.