Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has commended the security agents for breaking the network of criminals in the territory and giving them thorough fight.
According to the Minister, from the number of arrests made over the past few weeks, a criminal network that operated across the FCT and neighboring states has been broken.
Muhammad Musa Bello, who spoke today, November 25, at the Security Committee meeting for the month of November, expressed appreciation to the heads of security agencies for the improvements in the security situation of the Territory over the last few weeks.
He said that a number of incidences, including kidnapping were averted with the cooperation of security operatives and the citizenry, adding that in a certain community, criminals had perfected plans to kidnap a Pastor alongside member of his family, but the plan was foiled and the criminals arrested.
The Minister expressed optimism that interventions by the FCT Administration will give the desired security results going into the New Year.
Muhammad Musa Bello seized the opportunity to call on the FCT wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) to call off its ongoing strike, which currently affects primary schools, being managed by the Local Education Authorities (LEA) in the Area Councils.
“The bedrock of our education is the primary school system and we should not allow students to suffer for issues that really are not their fault. The Chairmen of the Area Councils are engaging with the teachers and we have the assurances that they will reach an agreement.”
“My appeal to the teachers is this, no society can develop without education.”
He advised Administrators at the Area Council, religious and traditional leaders to dialogue with the teachers.
Also speaking, FCT ALGON Chairman, Adamu Mustapha Danze said that the Area Councils will continue to play complimentary roles in maintaining security in the territory and commended the Minister for efforts made in the fencing of schools across the Territory as well as the provision of other security measures to safeguard schools.
Adamu Mustapha also appealed to the striking teachers to call off the industrial action as it will have a negative consequences on the country.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, advised residents to be security conscious, especially in this “ember months.”
He however assured them of adequate security during the end of year festivities.