AIG Zone 7 Visits FCT, Charges Officers On Commitment, Dedication To Duty

………As FCT Police Commissioner says strategies put in place yielding positive results

The FCT Police Command has assured the residents of the city of adequate security in FCT and its environs.

This was disclosed on Thursday, by the Police Commissioner, CP Haruna G. Garba in his remarks, during the familiarization tour of the Command by AIG. Zone 7, AIG Adebowale Williams.

The Police Commissioner in his welcome address promised to work together with Zonal AIG to reduce crime and criminality to the lowest in the FCT.

According to him, the FCT’s position is very key because of its position in the seat of the National Government in Nigeria.

He stated that the FCT command is a mini-Nigeria, as all the ethnic groups in Nigeria are represented in Abuja, including the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly are here in FCT.

“I want to inform the AIG, that the Command under my watch is doing all it can to restore public confidence in the Force by encouraging the people to participate in the activities that will ultimately reduce crime and criminality.

“In policing the FCT we will adhere to professional ethics, abide by our code of conduct and respect the rights of the people,” he said.

According to him, “To fight crime and criminality in the FCT, we have adopted so many strategies and this has been yielding positive results,” he added.

He said one of the strategies is the raids operation which he said the Command has embarked on massive raids in the last two months on black/criminal hotspots and uncompleted buildings and canals.

The CP further said the outcome has been positive as suspected armed robbers are being arrested on a daily basis adding that many recoveries in terms of firearms and hard drugs were also made.

“Raids on Scavengers in the last two (2) months, the Command has clamped down on activities of the scavengers otherwise known as Babanbolas whose habit is to destroy the critical infrastructures in the FCT.

“Their activities have become a source of concern and threat to the residents of the FCT. They have been involved in the theft and destruction of critical infrastructures in the FCT. In the last two (2) months, Two Hundred and twelve (212) scavengers have been arrested and arraigned in Court.” He explained.

CP Garba also highlighted the challenges of the FCT stating that the Command has been limited to inadequate manpower; especially drivers, inadequate Patrol Vehicles and fuelling.

“I can assure you and the Inspector General of Police that the Command will fight crime and criminality in all its forms to the best of our ability. Together we shall conquer crime and make the residents of the FCT safe and secure. With God on our side, we will succeed in the task.”

In his response, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 7 Command, AIG Adebowale Williams, commended the officers and men of the FCT command for their efforts, which he said was in line with the mission and vision of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun.

“Though there were pockets of incidents of armed robbery and kidnapping in the recent past, I must commend the efforts of the Commissioner of Police FCT and his management team as well as all officers and men of the FCT command for several breakthroughs that have been recorded in recent times.

“There have been arrests of notorious kingpins, recoveries of arms and ammunition, sustained raids and rescue of kidnapped victims within the FCT and Suburbs. I note with commendation your strategic partnership with other security agencies within the FCT.

“This goes to show that you are in tune with reality. The present challenges require a multifaceted approach and no single agency in the present circumstances can do it all alone, AIG Adebowale Williams, said.

He said the Zone was already working on the crime trends which include; Banditry, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Cattle Rustling, adding that the cases have been analyzed and would soon be brought to the barest minimum.

He appealed for the cooperation of members of the public as he believes that policing is not a one-man business.

“We all must collaborate and cooperate to achieve our desires for a safe and secure environment. Where the people cooperate with the Police the criminals find it difficult to operate.