The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police authorities on Sunday debunked the rumour making the rounds that the Nigeria’s capital city is under siege and may soon be attacked by terrorists.
The Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Bala Ciroma, who made this disclosure, explained that the attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the Federal Capital Territory is under siege and may soon fall into hands of Boko Haram Terrorists.
The police boss who spoke to our reporter on Sunday refuted what he called the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.
According to Ciroma who is the Chairman of the Joint Security Team of the FCT, “Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April,2021
In the meeting, he revealed, the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.
He spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam.
The police commissioner stated that the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, adding “in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory”.
His word, “In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by me, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma, is asking residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.
“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes to reaffirm its undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: *08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, 08028940883 or 112”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.