Chris Steven, Abuja
To reduce traffic bottlenecks in Abuja metropolis, the Nigeria Police Force has been charged to remove the remaining road barricades around some of its formations in the Federal Capital City since the hitherto security situation has tremendously improved.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello made the appeal o when the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, AIG Salisu Abdullahi Mohammed Fagge paid him a courtesy call as part of his familiarization tour of FCT Police Command.
The Minister said that other members of the security community in the Federal Capital Territory have since taken measures to remove or to reduce their road barricades and therefore the Nigeria Police Force should do the needful to further improve vehicular movement.
Malam Bello urged the Police and other security agencies in the Territory to take the knotty issue of traffic indiscipline more seriously; stressing that Abuja must remain the pacesetter in the country since it is the only city that is a product of law in Nigeria.
He also urged the Police high command to direct the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to as a matter of priority stop the activities of commercial motorcyclists and scavengers in their areas of jurisdictions; in addition to restricting the movement of Keke Napep to the estates.
The Minister said that this responsibility should not be left to the Task Force alone, as it is equally the primary responsibility of the Police to fight crime in whatever form.
“One of my greatest concerns in running the city and the Territory is traffic indiscipline by motorists, the use of motorcycles (Okada) within the city and the use of the tricycle popularly called Keke Napep in unapproved areas,” the Minister emphasized.
He reiterated, “My appeal to you is to direct all your DPOs, since every area is under somebody. Direct them that motorcycles and keke Napep are not allowed within so and so areas of Abuja. We also have these scavengers. They are not allowed by our laws.”
Malam Bello also directed the security agents to closely monitor activities in uncompleted buildings to ensure that only the security guard employed by the owner is staying in such places.
While asking the Police to encourage community policing in the Territory, the Minister noted that monitoring of uncompleted buildings would go a long way to assist in always nipping in the bud any criminal activity at its embryo stage.
Malam Bello thus, called for deployment of more Police personnel into the Federal Capital Territory to ensure that Abuja, which is the window in which the world sees Nigeria, is better policed.
His words: “More people move into the Federal Capital Territory on daily basis and some hardly go back, therefore we need more Police personnel to man the city”.
He promised to continue to support all the security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory to perform their statutory duties as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I want to use this medium to thank the Police Force most sincerely for the support that we have always enjoyed. There is no doubt that policing in the FCT is something that is very important by virtue of Abuja being the seat of government of the federation and where we host the President and the diplomatic community”, he added.
Speaking earlier, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 7, AIG Salisu Abdullahi Mohammed Fagge said that he was deployed to the zone last month and from the briefs he has been receiving the FCT Police Command has been doing very well.
He assured that the Police would be proactive in their approach to the policing of the citizenry and appreciated the support the FCT Police Command has been receiving from the FCT Administration.
The Nigeria Police Force zone 7 comprises of the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Kaduna states.