The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will continue to collaborate with the various security agencies and other stakeholders in the territory to improve the overall security situation in the capital city and ensure a peaceful, free and fair 2019 elections.
The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello gave the assurance during a meeting of the FCT Security Committee in Abuja, on Tuesday which reviewed the security situation ahead of the 2019 polls.
The Minister said security measures have been mapped out to ensure that elections in the FCT are peaceful as always, noting that FCT had always recorded peaceful elections and he intends to keep it that way.
“As you know this is not the first election being held in the FCT. FCT has a history of holding very peaceful elections and we don’t expect this one to be any different. We expect this one to be very peaceful and we encourage all registered voters within the FCT to come out enmasse to cast their votes”, he said
He commended security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders and indeed all residents of the FCT for their commitment to peaceful elections as demonstrated so far in the conduct of their affairs, expressing the hope that at the end of it all, there will be cause for celebrations.
On the issue of the Saturday, February 9 incidence in Deidei, where the campaign convoy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was attacked by hoodlums, Malam Bello said a high-powered meeting of stakeholders meeting will be held on the issue and the outcome will be made known by Thursday.
While lamenting the breakdown of law and order around the Dei Dei Market that led to the destruction of properties as well as injuries to some persons, the Minister, however, directed the Area Council Chairmen, traditional rulers and other religious bodies to work together in their various domains in order to forestall a re-occurrence.
Reiterating the Minister’s position, the FCT Police Commissioner, Bala Ciroma, assured that adequate measures have been taken to ensure the security of lives and property in the FCT, before, during and after the general elections, adding that that investigations were on-going on the recent Deidei incident.
The CP assured that security presence will be heightened in all the Area Councils, including the satellite towns and other areas where cases of kidnappings have been recorded.
Present at the meeting were heads of all security agencies in the FCT, all seventeen graded chiefs in the FCT, chairman, FCT Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Chief Imam of the FCT. Others are Secretaries of mandate secretariats as well as the six area council chairmen in the FCT.