The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has threatened to shut down illegal motor parks operating in the capital city Abuja over rising ‘one-chance’ robbery in the city.
The Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, made this known on Thursday during an interview with newmen, noting that there have been several reported cases of ‘one-chance’ robbery and kidnapping in Abuja for weeks with fear gripping some residents over the activities of criminals who disguise as commercial vehicle operators to attack and rob unsuspecting victims.
The minister further emphasized that a joint task force on cross-border crimes has been set up to tackle the security menace called ‘one-chance’ robbery, blaming the rising crime in the capital city on illegal motor parks and uncompleted buildings used as dens by criminals.
“We’re getting a lot of reports about kidnappings here, about one-chance there,” Wike said.
“In most cases we don’t even let the public to know what has been done. I can tell you the security agencies have done quite a lot. If not, by now, the FCT would have been a different thing.
“One of the areas we identified is that the FCT is at the centre – we have Niger State, we have Kogi State, we have Nasarawa State, we have Kaduna State. And if you check these four states, these four states are states that (experience) from time to time, banditry, kidnapping.
“And we discovered that most of the areas that they (criminals) stay are shanties and uncompleted buildings and that is why we say we cannot allow these uncompleted buildings where criminals have made their place of abode. Bring down all these uncompleted buildings which have turned to shanties and they will have nowhere to hide.”