Abuja residents worried over scourge of kidnapping, armed robbery
These are definitely not the best of times for residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and environs, following the sudden increase in armed robbery, kidnapping and vicious assaults in recent days.
The escalation of these violent crimes has become a source of worry for most residents that some are considering relocating from the outskirts to the city centre.
Not even the sharing of emergency telephone numbers by the FCT Police Command has helped the situation. Last Saturday night, some residents of Aco estate, along Airport Road were robbed in their houses by dare-devil armed robbers in the night.
Property worth millions of naira was carted away by the hoodlums, who also stole all their phones. Similarly, two residents, Solomon Odeniyi and Amarachi Orjiude were robbed last week.
While Odeniyi was robbed at about 2:00a.m. on Saturday in his Lugbe residence, Orjiude was kidnapped in Chika, Lugbe, at about 12.p.m on Sunday.
Narrating his ordeal, Odeniyi said he was asleep in his apartment after a downpour in the wee hours of Saturday when a gang of six armed robbers invaded his room.
Also, a traditional ruler of Bukpe, a village in Kwali area council of the FCT, His Royal Highness Alhaji Hassan Shamidozhi was kidnapped by hoodlums,
His abductors demanded N20 million as ransom to set him free. The kidnappers, who abducted the Royal father last Wednesday in front of his palace, contacted the family on Saturday to make the demand if they want him alive.
It was gathered that when the family members told them that they don’t have such amount of money, the kidnappers were said to have directed them to sell the monarch’s house to raise the fund.
The kidnappers of one Ahmed Joel and his daughter, Precious last week, have also demanded N3 million ransom. The Guardian learnt that the increase in kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in the FCT are a fall out of the intensified activities of armed bandits in the northern parts of the country.
Months ago, the FCT Administration raised the alarm that bandits and other criminals being forced out of key Northern states are relocating to towns around Abuja.
Director, FCT Administration’s Security Services Department, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Bello had confirmed to newsmen in Abuja that the security architecture of the territory has been overstretched.
Bello revealed that plans had been concluded by the FCTA to hire vigilantes to provide security in various public schools across the territory, a promise yet to be kept.
He, however, added that the measures were temporary, until a blueprint on security was developed by FCTA. Contacted, spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), Josephine Adeh, simply shared emergency phone numbers of the command and urged the public to report any nefarious activities to police.
“Report suspicious or abnormal occurrences to the police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.When you see something, say something,” she said.