The Federal Capital Territory Executive Council has urged residents to install CCTVs to complement the government’s ongoing efforts to tackle the country’s pervasive security challenges.

In a statement in Abuja on Monday, FCT information and communications director Muhammad Sule said the executive committee made its recommendations at its 12th meeting in Abuja’s Gwarinpa I district.

He said the meeting was chaired by FCT Permanent Secretary Olusade Adesola who represented FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello.

The chief of staff of the FCT minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Borno, and the secretary of the authorized secretariat were also present at the meeting.

The FCT Safety Committee pleaded with CCTV residents on the advice of the National Safety Committee, the statement said.

“The device will undoubtedly enhance surveillance and deter criminal activity around the FCT,” the statement said.

Warnings issued by some diplomatic missions to nationals living in Nigeria have caused tension, fear and panic among Abuja residents, the statement said.

It said security agencies were combing through the nooks and crannies of the FCT to identify criminals and others looking to disrupt the peace and tranquility of the region.

“Even before the (diplomatic mission’s) announcement, Nigerian security agencies had maintained and intensified surveillance within the FCT to prevent any security breaches,” the statement said.

Sule explained that FCT management purchased and distributed 60 operational vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for safety agencies as a strategic effort to help and improve their performance.

FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello convened an emergency security meeting earlier to discuss issues related to security alerts issued by some diplomatic missions in Abuja to their citizens and measures to prevent disruption of the peace.

“However, the meeting urges residents to cooperate with security agencies at all times and voluntarily provide useful and timely information that will help nip criminality of any kind in the bud,” the statement said.

It noted that as a country adjacent to the FCT, the first phase of the G7 joint security operation had achieved notable success, particularly in apprehending bandits and rescuing kidnapped victims.


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