The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has initiated cross-border raids on the forests located within all the border communities. The security raids said to be under the auspices of the G-7 Security Committee, involving all the neighbouring states, was said to be a measure to tackle the increasing banditry and other forms of insecurity.
This development was revealed in Abuja when the FCTA Director of Administration and finance, in the Department of Security Services, Dr. Abdul-lateef Bello briefed the press. He noted that the pressure being mounted on bandits and terrorists in North East, North West and other parts of the country by security agencies, has opened an escape route for the criminals through the nation’s capital.
He said: “Don’t forget that the pressure, the dissemination of banditry and kidnapping in North East, North West, is putting pressure on the fringes of FCT because people are running down so that is why we engage the G-7 initiative so that we can jointly push these people away from FCT. “We have revitalised and resuscitated the G-7 initiative, that we don’t have to do this alone, we have to bring all our G-7 partners to help us collaborate so we can embark on simultaneous and joint raids to keep some of these bad elements out of the FCT.” He also disclosed that a committee has been set up to consider a total ban on the operations of cyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, to stem the rising incidences of criminalities.