The Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu has called for a new strategy to curb the growth of banditry in the capital territory following incessant banditry attacks in some parts of the territory.
The minister made the call at the 6th FCT security meeting with area council chairmen, council of graded chiefs and other critical stakeholders in the territory, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
“In view of recent reports from area councils like Gwagwalada, Kwali and Bwari, there is every reason for us to come back, re-strategize and ask what is happening, where are we failing, and where we need to strengthen,” she said.
The minister lamented that despite expanding the FCT security meetings to have adequate committees and sub-committees in place overseeing the affairs of security and intelligence gathering in the territory, “there are still reports of people (bandits) invading communities and our peace especially in the satellite towns….”
She called on the royal fathers who are the “custodians of the people” to “come up with new strategies that will put an end to this menace.”
“We need to do an analysis of where our strength lies and where we need to fortify,” she said.
Banditry, in particularly the northern parts of the country, has gradually extended from the bushes to homes where families are kidnapped in the comfort of their homes.
President Muhammadu Buhari has recently directed the security agencies to secure all Nigerians in the custody of bandits and to put an end to banditry.