Written by Austine ELEMUE

Yuletide: FCTA Tasks Residents On Safety, Vigilance

The Federal Capital Territory Security Committee has appealed to residents to take seriously the issues of security in their neighbourhoods, work and worship places, just as the committee has assured of adequate safety of lives and property during the Christmas season. 

The committee gave the assurance at the end of its emergency security review, stating that the assurance has become imperative especially in view of security alert from foreign embassies in the country. 

Our correspondent gathered that the security emergency review was convened by the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, against the backdrop of travel alerts issued by some foreign diplomatic institutions to their citizens about Abuja. 

Bello, subsequently assured residents that the police and other security agencies have been placed on heightened alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance in the territory. 

The minister, who was represented at the review by the permanent secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, said the police and other security outfits have stepped up patrol of reported flashpoints of crime as well as enhanced surveillance on worship places, supermarkets, malls and gardens among others. 

He also reiterated that the ban on the use of fireworks in the territory is still in force and cautioned against their use during the festive season, while calling on churches and mosques to galvanize their faithful for increased security alert. 

It was learnt that the Nigerian Army at the occasion released a quick response number of 193 to the public as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps also released the number 122 for traffic control calls. 

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