… As police deploy alternative strategies in areas with challenging terrain
BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Joint Security Team (JST) has resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the territory, particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized patrols.
This is as the Joint Security Team debunked rumours that the FCT was under threat of attacks by members of the dreaded Boko Haram alleged to have infiltrated the territory.
The JST which is headed by the FCT Commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma, said it equally resolved that the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory.
These were contained in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, while reacting to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the ‘Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists’.
According to the Yusuf Mariam; “The team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.
“The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.
“Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April, 2021.
“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.
“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes to reaffirm our undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 or 112,” the FCT Police said.