The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) has urged the FCT Police Command to its redouble efforts to provide adequate security for the residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The association, which decried the rising state of insecurity in Abuja and its neighbouring states like Kogi and Nasarawa, made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Victor Ofili, the Capoon (head), Sahara Deck, Abuja City Centre, of NAS said that kidnapping and other social vices were now rampant in Kwali, Gwagwalada, Bwari and Kuje area councils.
He called on the FCT Administration (FCTA) and the Federal Government to rise to the challenge before the situation got out of hand.
“Ordinarily, every citizen resident anywhere across the country, should enjoy peace, security and safety as much as they desire.
“It is also expected that those living in the FCT and other contiguous states like Kogi and Nasarawa should enjoy a greater feeling of security by reason of their proximity to Abuja, the seat of power.
“Sadly, this has not been the case in recent months. Nigerians are now getting accustomed to the routine of waking up to hear the gory tales of insecurity across the country and in the FCT, in particular.
“Top among these crimes are armed robbery, kidnapping, “one chance” (robbery in taxi-cabs) and rape,” he said.
According to him, NAS, as an association which places premium on humanistic ideals, wants the police and other security agencies to redouble their efforts to ensure that Nigerians enjoy peace, irrespective of their location.
Ofili said that some strategies, which could boost security of FCT, included the lighting up of dark areas, pledging the readiness of the association to collaborate with the FCTA in this area.
He said that other measures were provision of accessible toll-free and responsive helplines to enable residents to reach the police and other security agencies in emergency situations, organising continuous citizen awareness campaigns and promoting security information sharing.