Terror Alert: FCTA assures residents of safety, orders installation of CCTVs in public places


After a series of security advisories issued by some Embassies in Abuja warning their citizens to avoid public places in the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Executive Committee (EXCO) has enjoined residents to install Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) in public places and buildings.

The EXCO also reassured the residents of the FCT of their safety, insisting that adequate security arrangements have been made to sustain the state of law and order in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

The EXCO, which gave this assurance during its 12th Meeting at Gwarinpa I District, Abuja, said all measures have been made by the government in conjunction with security agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents.

“Even before the issuance of the advisory, the security agencies have maintained and upscaled surveillance through their personnel within the Federal Capital City to ward off any security breach,” said the EXCO.

“The installation of Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) in public places and buildings, to complement ongoing efforts by government at tackling the prevailing security challenges in the country in line with National Security Council advice will no doubt, enhance surveillance and deter criminal activities around the Federal Capital City, Abuja.”

It would be recalled that the Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, had earlier convened an emergency security meeting where issues concerning the security alert given by some embassies in Abuja, to their citizens were comprehensively discussed and measures are taken to sustain the current state of security and prevent any breach.

He, however, urged residents to cooperate at all times with the security agencies by volunteering for useful and timely information that will assist in nipping any form of criminality in the bud.

It was also noted by EXCO that the first phase of the joint security operation by G-7; being states that are contiguous to the FCT, which ended on the 25th of October, this year, recorded a remarkable success, especially with the arrest of bandits and rescue of kidnapped victims.


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