Abuja - The Commissioner of Police for the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Wilson Inalegwu, has called on residents of
the territory to partner with the police for effective policing of the
Inalegwu made the call at a meeting with other security
agencies and stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja.
"We want you to partner with us wherever you are in the
territory, see whatever happens in your environment as your business.
"We appreciate the contributions you all are making to
secure the FCT and we encourage you to do more," he said.
The commissioner urged residents to show interest in
activities of people around them to forestall any security
"There is a need for cooperation among us irrespective of
the differences in our religions," he said.
He restated that the command was committed to protect lives
and property of every resident of the territory.
"On our part we as a security agency, we are going to do
our best to protect lives and property," he said.
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The commissioner stated that the meeting was part of the
ongoing joint operation in the territory.
Contributing, a representative of the Guards Brigade, Maj.
Oludele Oyegoke, stressed the need for residents to be active to have a more
He urged security agencies and residents to be more focused
on areas for a secure environment.
On his part, the FCT NSCDC Commandant, Mr Patrick Ukpan,
urged active participation of residents in the security of the territory.
"It is our responsibility to report suspicious characters
to the security agencies," he said.
He also urged landlords and religious leaders to monitor
activities of their tenants and members.
Also speaking, the FCT Chairman of Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Israel Akanji, said that the association had increased
security awareness of its members.
"We have also introduced the use of gadgets in screening
our members before they get into the Church," he said.
The representative of the Chief Imam of Abuja, Alhaji
Muhammad Abubakar, said that security checks had been put in place in mosques
He said that massive education of members on security
awareness had also been carried out taking into consideration the security
challenges in the country.
The Emir of Karshi, Alhaji Samaila Mamman, said that members
of the public had been reluctant to give information to the police for fear of
"Sometimes we are afraid to give information to the police
for fear of our identity being disclosed," Mamman said.
He also expressed concern over late responses by the police
to distress calls, adding that such action was discouraging.
Mamman assured of the readiness of his subjects to assist security agencies in
carrying out its duty.
Other stakeholders at the meeting included estate developers
and representatives of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders Association.