Scavengers responsible for violent crimes in Abuja – FCT Minister
By Ben Adoga
Scavengers, popularly referred to as Baban Bola, have been accused of being responsible for most of the violent crimes in the FCT.
The FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, made this assertion in Abuja during the monthly security meeting.
In a press statement issued by Anthony Ogunleye, FCTA chief press secretary, the minister stated: “The scavengers, the minister revealed had hitherto concentrated their criminal activities on vandalising public utilities but had now become major threats to lives and property, reiterating that their activities remain banned in the Federal Capital City.”
Recall that the FCT, in recent time, like other parts of Nigeria has witnessed an upsurge in violent crimes like kidnapping.
The minister assured that the administration will confront head-on the menace of scavengers, cultism and drug abuse as part of its strategies to ensure the security of lives and properties of residents of the FCT.
According to the minister, the scavengers who often operate under the influence of hard drugs, perpetrate a lot of criminal activities within the Territory which will not be tolerated.
In the words of the minister, “Each time there is crisis, you find that people of no known address, people without any means of livelihood suddenly come up with arms and start fighting each other and killing each other. All these are done under the influence of drugs and this is something that we are going to confront head-on.”
Bello also said that there will now be an improved working synergy within the security and intelligence community in the FCT because the task of the provision of adequate security cannot be left to the police alone.
He also called for the support of the citizenry, especially in terms of providing intelligence to the security agencies.
Continuing, he said “Political leaders at all levels, as well as traditional and religious leaders have to play their part and we need to communicate and also encourage citizens to be law abiding and also to provide needed intelligence. Doing that, I think by the grace of God, we will surmount and continue to make FCT a very safe place for every safe place.”
The minister added that the security agencies also briefed the Committee on their plans and strategies to fight the kidnappings that occur, especially in communities outside the Federal Capital City.
Bello also said that efforts will be made to continue to encourage the cordial relationship between herders and farmers within the FCT in order to prevent clashes between them.
Also at the meeting were the permanent secretary, FCTA Mr. Olusade Adesola, the chief of staff to the FCT minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the executive secretary of the FCDA, Engr Umar Gambo Jubrin, the commissioner of police, Mr. Bala Ciroma, traditional and religious leaders, area council chairmen, heads of relevant FCTA agencies and departments as well as heads of the various military and para-military formations in the FCT.