Stakeholders and residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have called on the federal government to channel part of the recovered $308million Abacha loot to the establishment of FCT Security Trust Fund, in order to combat the growing menace of violent crimes and criminality in the territory.
The stakeholders, which included indigenous groups, traditional rulers and non-indigenes, lamented the state of insecurity in the FCT, which they said if not tackled urgently through the establishment of such Fund would get out of hands.
President of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youths Empowerment Organisation, AOIYEO, Isaac David, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders in a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, said if part of the recovered money was channelled into security trust fund, it would serve as a robust option to put an end to the challenge of insecurity.
“One of the primary responsibilities of the fund is the provision of operational and logistic support for the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, and it will help in no small measure to address the state’s peculiar security situation through prompt provision of necessary professional and logistical supports for the various security agencies in the FCT to operate seamlessly.
“Being the administrative and diplomatic nerve centre of Nigeria, Abuja has its peculiar security challenges. It is sheer human density driven by an increasing population due to endless survival and economic driven immigration makes it naturally attractive to criminal activities.
The fund will assist in swiftly addressing some of the FCT’s most critical security concerns. The Fund is a practical response to the reality of the operational deficiency of the various security agencies within the state, particularly with respect to funding and provision of modern equipment,” he said.
He further said that the FCT has been bedeviled by the serious insecurity challenge that needs urgent attention, that if the FCT benefits from the recovered Abacha loot, it could be channeled into fighting the menace of insecurity rocking the territory.
According to him, the FCT is developed enough to have surveillance Helicopters managed by the Nigerian Police flying around the territory on daily basis, that if there are surveillance Helicopters, the issue of insecurity would not have been as serious as it’s today .