The Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has stressed the need for synergy between the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Aliyu Garba and the new FCT Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna in order to achieve the goal of combating crime and criminality in the FCT.
The Minister made the call while receiving both officers who paid him an introductory visit in his office on Monday.
He also advised his guests to utilize the support of all the security apparatus based in the FCT to achieve the best result.
He assured them that the FCTA will continue to provide the necessary logistics to the Nigeria Police to further curb criminal activities in the Territory.
Malam Bello said: “We will continue to provide you with support, in terms of logistics, hardware and even transportation”.
The Minister added: “In fighting crimes, what has worked for us in the FCT is the joint taskforce that we have. Where all the security agencies are involved. The Military, Police, DSS, Civil Defense and other paramilitary agencies like Immigration, Customs, NDLEA and even NAPTIP because some of these criminal activities tend to go together”.
In his remarks, AIG Aliyu Garba also agreed that there was the need for synergy among security agencies and community leaders while also emphasizing the need for proper intelligence gathering and sharing.
He said that as part of measures to check crimes the Zone 7 Command has intensified efforts to sustain massive onslaught on identified black spots as well as increased night patrols.
Garba solicited for support from the FCTA especially in the training of police personnel and the provision of technology devices to combat crime in the zone.
Also speaking, the new FCT CP, Haruna G. Garba who solicited the support of the FCT Administration in fighting crimes in the territory urged residents to, on their part, divulge credible information to the police to help fight crime, stressing the need for them to “say something” when they “see something”.
He emphasized the need for raids to fish out criminals and check crimes, adding that more effort would be put into the raiding of known criminal hideouts and black spots.
Present at the courtesy visit were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmed, the SSA on security the Minister, Amb Abu Muhammed, the Director of Security Services, Mr Adamu Gwary and other senior officials of the FCTA and the Nigeria Police.