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Rising Insecurity in Abuja: Nyesom Wike Sets Up Joint Task Forces to Combat One-Chance and Cross-border Crimes



Rising Insecurity in Abuja: Nyesom Wike Sets Up Joint Task Forces to Combat One-Chance and Cross-border Crimes

In response to the alarming surge in criminal activities, particularly the prevalence of ‘one-chance’ robberies and cross-border banditry in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has taken proactive measures to address the issue. Wike recently convened the FCT Security Council meeting, where the establishment of two joint task forces comprising all security agencies within the territory was announced.

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During a press briefing following the meeting, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba, highlighted the prevalence of ‘one-chance’ robberies, where criminals posing as staff drivers target unsuspecting passengers, often resulting in violent encounters and unfortunate fatalities. Garba emphasized the urgent need to curb these criminal activities and strengthen security measures in the FCT.

According to Garba, the joint task force dedicated to addressing the ‘one-chance’ menace is already operational, explicitly focusing on eliminating this robbery. A separate joint task force has also been established to combat cross-border crimes, including armed robbery and kidnapping. The coordinated efforts of the combined task forces aim to enhance security within the FCT and ensure the safety of residents.

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In addressing concerns about security operations in mechanic workshops, Garba emphasized that the raids were based on intelligence to weed out criminal elements taking refuge in such locations. He reaffirmed the security agencies’ commitment to creating a safer environment for FCT residents, urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

The recent initiatives led by Nyesom Wike and the collaborative efforts of the security agencies reflect the government’s determination to curb the rising insecurity in the FCT, fostering a secure and peaceful environment for all residents and visitors.

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