By George Onmonya Daniel
In the past one years there has been surge in violent crimes in the Federal Capital Territory and its environ, extending to Nassarawa State areas of Keffi where most FCT workers live and ply day to day. You will recall that former Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, was gunned down on Keffi – Abuja road in an ambush along the Keffi – Abuja expressway on the evening of the 18th of December 2018. When the police paraded the alleged killers, they have kept the trial secret.
Prior to Badeh’s assassination, on 3rd July, 2018, armed attackers have gunned down seven police officers at Galadimawa Junction, Abuja, off the international airport road.
Abuja which one experience relative peace is now witnessing cases of jungle justices, where suspected crimInals are burnt alive. The city has also witnessed increase in “one chance”, that’s being robbed inside vehicles.
What’s however, happening today, in that Abuja is the case of people being robbed at night by gangs of armed criminals all over.
Just yesterday morning the body of a lady cut into pieces was dumped at Area 3, Living Faith Junction, in a polytene bag.
Abuja residents are worried over the increase of crimeinal activities. There have been cases of armed robbery in Lugbe environment and cases of kidnapping. The latest story of armed robbery and killing just happened on Lokoja -Abuja, where robbers blocked the road and shot randomly at vehicles, killing many.
NEWISSUES got it from an Authentic source that explosive crime rate and others are part of the reasons why the FCT authority banned the use of tricycle in the city center.
Also part of the crime ring are member of the police who have taken extortion to another level. Resident of Abuja also complain about increase in police arrests for no reason than extortion. People are raided and asked to bail themselves. Those who could not bail themselves are locked up and given phones to friends and relatives who would come to bail them.
The police have stepped up operations against hoodlums as criminal activities increased in the Federal Capital Territory in June of this year.
There have been violent attacks on residents, including the murder of two high profile persons within the period.
But the FCT Commissioner of Police, Alkali Usman, while addressing journalists, said the police force would step up their activities against criminals in the city.
Usman added that some suspects had already been arrested over the two murders with some others in custody to assist the police with their investigations.
Yet till date the crime rate has not dropped.