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Insecurity: Abuja is Still A Safe Place – FCT Minister



Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister Muhammed Bala

By Laide Akinboade

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister, Muhammad Bello said Abuja is still a safer place compare to other cities, urging residents not to leave security matters to the law enforcement agencies alone.

Bello reiterated this after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises of the heads of the police, military and para military formations in the FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

He said that in comparison to several cities around the world, FCT remains quite safe.

While acknowledging that there were indeed two incidences of kidnappings over the past few weeks, the Minister said both victims have been rescued.

According to him, “it is almost impossible for security agencies to be everywhere one hundred percent. So every resident in a way is also a security officer. So, it is very important for residents to be vigilant, to be very conscious of their personal security”

He continued, “if for instance, you see a vehicle without number plates, it means that vehicle is not registered and can be used for criminal activities, please report to the relevant authorities”.

He called on residents not to be swayed by rumours or unverified news online but to confirm their veracity before circulating. Fake news or false security information has the capacity to lead to breach of peace, he said.

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On the issue of communal clashes, he commended the efforts of the Area Council Chairmen and traditional rulers in curbing the herders/farmers clashes and urged them to continue on the path of ensuring peace.

He also assured residents that the FCTA will continue to partner and render support to the Nigerian police, the military and para -military commands in the FCT that are charged with the task of keeping the city secure.

Also speaking, the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu called for synergy between all security agencies in the task of combating crime and enforcing security measures in the FCT.

The FCT Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma on his part said that there will be more deployment of officers and men across the city to combat crime. He revealed that they were also intensifying both vehicular and foot patrol to ensure more visibility of officers and men of the Force in the city. The raid of black spots he said, will be stepped up.

Mr. Ciroma echoed the opinion of the Hon. Minister when he said that community policing, which involved a robust collaboration between the police and the citizenry will be intensified. He said this method has succeeded in curbing criminality in the Area Councils, especially Abaji where information provided by the citizens stopped a kidnapping ring which operated between Kogi State and the FCT.

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On the menace of “one Chance” the police commissioner said that the criminals perpetrated their acts by using unregistered and unpainted taxis. He said that the police was collaborating with the FCT Directorate of Road Transport Services to apprehend the criminals. He also revealed that a unit within the CID was created specifically to combat one chance and so far, over one hundred of suspected one chance perpetrators have been arrested and their vehicles confiscated.


Prostitution Ring Leader on Italy’s Wanted List Arrested in Nigeria




A woman described as a prominent figure in the Nigerian mafia has been arrested after being on the run since 2010.

She was flown from Abuja back to Rome, Italy, where she has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The crimes of the convict, who was tried in her absence, included running a prostitution ring, Italian police said on Wednesday.

48-year-old Joy Jeff, one of the few women on the country’s most-wanted list, was arrested in Nigeria on June 4, 2022.

The international warrant issued before her extradition was facilitated by a treaty signed by Nigeria and Italy in 2020.

Investigators in the city of Ancona said Jeff played a major role in trafficking women to Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

The victims narrated how they were forced into prostitution by violence and threats.

Video released by the Italian police showed the woman being flown from the Abuja airport to Ciampino airport in Rome.

“Africa today is a strategic location when looking for fugitives and fighting organised crime,” said Vittorio Rizzi, an officer responsible for international coordination.Daily post

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Man Sues GT Bank for Unexplainable Deduction




By Prosper Okoye, Abuja

An aggrieved customer of the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has dragged the bank to court for an alleged approximate sum of 13,000 Naira deductions from his account, which was inexplicable.

“My friend initiated the suit, not for the amount, but to get justice for several other struggling Nigerians who have been victims of such bank fraud,” a source close to the plaintiff, Light Ogbonnia told DAILY ASSET yesterday.

“We all have been victims, and I commend him for taking such a bold step to seek justice after many appeals for a refund from the bank.

This would hopefully make our Nigerian banks more responsible for their actions; and I really hope all affected Nigerians will come out en masse on April 4th, which is next month, at the FCT High Court 54, Gwagwalada, Abuja, to also air their grievances against this corporate shenanigan by the GT bank, and other sister banks, when the case will begin,” he said.

In the writ of summon document also obtained by DAILY ASSET, Mr. Light claimed that he had suffered special damages as a result of the negligent act of the defendant (GT Bank).

“On the 7th of March 2022, the sum of N12, 256.36k (Twelve Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty-Six Naira, Thirty-Six Kobo) was deducted from the claimant (Mr. Light) Naira account with the name and number: Vision Trends Network, 0198466308, of which the claimant is in fear to make any further transaction as a result of the unholy debit by the defendant (GT Bank),” the document read in part.

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The writ issued by Nnamdi Mba Esq prayed that the court ordered GT Bank to pay Mr. Light the sum of twenty million Naira for the general and special damages he had suffered since last year as a result of his inability to transact businesses on the account.

This incident comes against the backdrop of a nationwide cash crunch, and unfair treatment meted out by commercial banks to Nigerian customers, which has triggered so many protests in parts of the country.  

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Hajj Camp Gwagwalada Name ICT Centre after Donor




By Ateed Yusuf, Abuja 

Authorities of Government Secondary school (GSS) Hajj Camp Gwagwalada have named an ICT centre after the donor, Architect (Dr.) Murad Saddeek.

The Principal of the School, Ishaya Doma stated this Friday penultimate week while conducting our correspondent round the school’s premises to monitor the second term resumption of academic activities.

He explained that the school deemed it fit to comply with the directive of the immediate past Chairman of FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB) Alhaji Musa Yahaya during the commissioning ceremony that the Centre should be named after the donor to serve as motivation to others.

The educationist appreciated the efforts of Architecture Saddeek towards contributing in the area of providing infrastructure in the school.

The Principal also added that the donor in his recent visit to the school has promised to provide furniture including 500 chairs for the school.

He used this medium to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture of the donor.

Doma expressed satisfaction with the level of turnout of students during the first week of resumption, noting academic activities have commenced in school since Monday last week.

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