Abuja kidnappings Wike Holds Emergency Security Meetings
In response to the escalating wave of kidnappings and violence in Abuja, FCT Minister Nyesom Wike actively engaged in a town hall meeting with Bwari Area Council residents on Wednesday. The assembly boasted the presence of former FCT senator Philip Aduda, the Bwari Council of Chiefs, security agencies, and area council officials.
Abuja has recently become a focal point for bandit attacks, resulting in the abduction and tragic deaths of residents, including Matilda Ariyo and Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, who were among 22 individuals kidnapped in Bwari and at Sagwari Estate Layout in Dutse-Alhaji Area of Abuja.
This surge in incidents has not gone unnoticed by the Nigerian populace, who voiced their discontent with President Bola Tinubu’s administration, holding it responsible for the country’s security lapses.
Taking proactive measures, Wike convened an emergency security meeting on Tuesday the 16th of January 2023, gathering the heads of security agencies in Abuja, top FCTA officials, council chairmen, and traditional rulers.
During this crucial meeting, the FCT minister issued a stern warning to area council chairmen, urging them to fully embrace their responsibilities at the local level. Emphasizing the pressing need for a recalibration of security strategies, Wike called for a redoubling of efforts to quell the rising insecurity within the territory.
Addressing the collective awareness of the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory, especially in Bwari and other challenged areas, Wike acknowledged media sensationalism but emphasized the genuine concern shared by all Nigerians regarding the safety of the Federal Capital Territory. He reassured residents that despite external perceptions, every Nigerian bears the duty of ensuring the region’s safety and that concerted efforts were underway to resolve the existing challenges.
In conclusion, Wike underscored the practical purpose of the meeting – a collaborative effort to delve into the identified challenges and develop effective solutions. The inclusion of all council chairmen was highlighted, emphasizing their crucial roles in addressing issues within their respective area councils and the necessity of a united approach to problem-solving.
What is truly Disturbing is that this new wave is happening in the Capital city of the country. Security agency and citizens are advised to be more vigilant as Security is everyone’s business.