Minister of the Nigeria Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has launched a total war on Boko Haram and other criminal lurking in the capital city and its environs.
In the war, the minister is mobilizing traditional rulers, the secueirty agencies, owners of hotels and lodging accommodation, drivers, people in the neighbourhood.
In a statement from his special assistant on media and publicity, Nosike Ogbuenyi on Monday night, the minister insisted that owners of hotels in the Federal Capital Territory should forward the list of their guests to the FCT Directorate of State Security Services (SSS) and the FCT Police Command on a daily basis.
The hotels, he stressed, should also install their individual security cameras within their vicinity and ensure thorough check of all vehicles entering the premises and within their surroundings.
The Minister directed all traditional rulers in the FCT to, as a matter of necessity, start conducting periodic meetings with various communities within their domains to take stock of strange faces living with them, as well as report all new comers within 48 hours, to the local DPO and SSS office.
“This is in furtherance of “operation know your neighbor” campaign.”
Senator Bala advised all residents to be vigilant and cautious of strange objects or movements of persons, vehicles around them, as well as stationary vehicles, urging them to report such to the nearest security agencies.
The Minister further directed that all trailers/lorry operators bringing goods to the city shall no longer be allowed to offload their contents at night and that all such offloading would henceforth be done in the day time under supervision in designated places.
“The directive requires owners of uncompleted and abandoned buildings and structures without security guards to provide same. Failure to do so, the FCT Administration would apply appropriate sanctions.
“Similarly, owners of plots of land left fallow for a long period of time and not used for any economic or gainful purpose but taken over by criminals would now face appropriate sanctions.”
The Minister reminded residents that the ban on smoking of Indian hemp and other narcotic substances is still in force in the territory adding that the administration would clamp down on violators.