The Nigerian Union of Journalists in collaboration with Human Rights Radio have held a town hall meeting to brainstorm on how best to tackle security challenges within the territory.
The meeting which brought together relevant stakeholders in the nation’s capital agreed to work in synergy until the desired goals of ending kidnapping and armed banditry in the Federal Capital Territory FCT is achieved.
The National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Christopher Isiguzo stressed that the method used by the security architecture in curtailing the threat is not yielding the desired result. He urged government to come out with new approaches in addressing some of the security challenges facing the country.
He emphasised the need for an overhaul of the current security architecture in the country so as to achieve the optimum result in fighting crimes and social vice in the FCT and the nation in general.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Ciroma while speaking at the meeting said that the security outfit in the capital have recorded overwhelming successes in addressing the menace.
He pointed out that the rate of kidnapping and armed banditry in the FCT is very minimal because of the commitment shown by the men and officers of the Nigerian Police force.
He emphasized that Nigerians own it as a duty to assist the police in safeguarding the nation by providing them with relevant information concerning the criminal elements within the society.
Police Trust Fund
In his remarks, a Security expert and rtd Commissioner of Police Mr Lawrence Alobi called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Police Trust Fund bill which was earlier passed by the 8th Senate into Law.
According to him, “when the Police Trust Fund becomes an act of parliament it will solve most of the challenges faced by the Nigeria Police.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche noted that government at all level are duty bound to secure, protect and safeguard Nigerians wherever they are in any part of the country including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Mr Ogeche stated that the Town Hall meeting by the NUJ on rising security challenges in the FCT is an aggregation of daily reports and citizens apprehension emerging from threats that seek to undermine their safety and general well-being.
According to him, “let me say that this town hall meeting is not to indict the administration or the security agencies, rather an avenue for critical stakeholders in the FCT to weigh in on the common fears we all share at the growing determination of a few individuals who threaten our peace and livelihoods”.
The Chairman noted that it is in line with the agenda setting of the media to offer insights on social and policy issues to the administration that the NUJ decided to organize the town hall meeting on security challenges in FCT.
He pledged the Council’s determination to set a new paradigm of engagement with stakeholders in the FCT by engaging constructively on issues that affect each and every one in the society.
Mr Ogeche further said that it is their avowed determination to make Abuja the safest city in Africa so that it can live up to the ideals of the founding fathers who did not just want a city of unity, but the pride of black peoples all over the world.