FCT Minister Assures Support to Chief of Defence Staff in Curbing Insecurity

Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has pledged the full support of the FCT Administration in the efforts to combat insecurity across the nation. This assurance was given during a visit by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, to Wike in Abuja on Friday.

Acknowledging the relentless efforts of the Nigerian military in safeguarding the nation, Wike assured Gen. Musa of the FCTA’s commitment to enhancing security measures and preserving the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

“Do not hesitate to tell us whatever support you need from the FCT,” Wike affirmed, emphasizing the readiness of the FCT Administration to assist in any capacity necessary.

Wike highlighted the allocation of funds in the 2024 FCT Statutory Budget for the procurement of drones to aid security agencies in their operations. These drones are aimed at bolstering the ongoing efforts to combat various forms of insecurity, particularly within the FCT.

Furthermore, Wike disclosed plans to provide additional logistical support to security agencies, including patrol vehicles and communication gadgets. He also unveiled the initiative to establish an FCT Rapid Response Centre, managed jointly by military, police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), equipped with state-of-the-art technology to strengthen security operations.

Expressing condolences to the families of fallen military personnel, Wike condemned the recent incident in Delta state, describing it as barbaric. He reiterated the commitment of the FCT to stand in solidarity with the Nigerian military and alleviate the suffering of affected families.

In response, Gen. Musa commended Wike for the transformation witnessed in the FCT under his leadership and assured him of the unwavering support of the Armed Forces. He reaffirmed the military’s dedication to protecting Nigerians while upholding their rights.

Addressing concerns about criminal activities such as “one chance” scams and kidnappings, Gen. Musa announced the formation of a committee to address these challenges. He pledged military support to the Nigerian Police, including ground and air troops, to maintain peace and security.

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