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Failure to arrest Aso Rock burglars, one year after, shameful, says HURIWA

By Bertram Nwannekanma
27 April 2022   |   2:43 am
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, decried the collective failure of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services

Aso Rock

Deplores rising cases of crimes, terrorist infiltration of FCT

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, decried the collective failure of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency and other security agencies to fish out some Aso Rock burglars one year after, saying it is embarrassing.

   
Robbers, last May, burgled the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja and the incident was confirmed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
   
But HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the incompetence of the security agents and their failure to arrest the Aso Rock burglars has buoyed burglars and bandits, so much so that they sacked Abuja villagers and cause hundreds of dwellers to flee their homes, despite living close to the seat of power, just kilometres away from President Muhammadu Buhari. 
  
The group said residents of rural communities in the FCT have reportedly fled their homes after bandits went on a rampage, killing a 23-year-old man, Nura Mai Gyada, and stealing 36 motorcycles.

Recalling news reports, HURIWA reminded us how daring bandits went on a rampage last weekend in the Adagba community of the Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, kidnapping residents and killing some. 
 
Residents said the bandits numbering over 100 with sophisticated weapons invaded the community at about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, divided themselves into groups, moved from house to house while shooting into the air and made away with motorcycles, and other valuables and cash.
 
Several other kidnappings, killings and disturbing attacks have occurred in Abuja in the last two years including the attack and abduction of two Abuja-based journalists, in February 2021; amongst numerous others that went unreported in the media.
  

 
According to Onwubiko, the whole security architecture are also yet to ascertain how armed robbers gained access to the ‘well-fortified’ Presidential Villa manned by a combined team of policemen, DSS operatives, and men of the Presidential Guards Brigade of the Nigeria Army. Sadly, to date, this invasion has yet to be resolved, it said.  
 
“The continuous state of insecurity in Nigeria and the shameless incapacity of the security agencies to secure even the FCT is now obvious. If the security agents cannot even secure Aso Villa and the FCT that is about the smallest state if we take it to be a state and the seat of national power, then the hope of the common man is quashed,” the group added.