The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration on 20 June, 2013 delivered its scores on various projects and initiatives they've embarked upon from 2011 to date, stating that its efforts on peace and security are already yielding the desired impact.
Statistics made public in Abuja at the ongoing 2013 Ministerial Platform revealed that progress is being made by the Administration in combating major criminal activities which were on the rise in the nation's capital.
In his presentation, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed revealed that cases of car snatching/theft had declined from its 2011 figure of 910 cases to 752 cases in 2012. Also on the decline between 2011 – 2012, according to the Minister, included house robbery (545 – 302), drug possession (187 – 84); culpable homicide (33 – 0);arson (3 -1); assassination (4-0).
Sen. Mohammed, however, stated that his administration foiled 196 robberies in 2011 and 181 in 2012; kidnapping cases were 11 in 2011 and 8 in 2012, while zero cases of religious crisis were recorded in both years.
The data provided by the Minister also revealed that cases of land fraud rose from 113 cases in 2011 to 142 cases in 2012, while the number of immigrants in the FCT stood at 512 in 2012.
The FCT Minister had informed his audience that a number of anticrime strategies were adopted in the Territory. These, according to him, include logistic support to Security Agencies, procurement and distribution of 114 operational vehicles to various Security Agencies in the Territory fitted with latest communication and security gadgets.
Other interventions are the construction of additional 11 no. Police Posts and 3 no. Police Stations across the Federal Capital City, Sustaining the tempo of the Regional Security outfit, known as G7 Security Summit, consisting of the Territory and its contiguous states which are Benue, FCT, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau.
In addition, the FCTA adopted the use of informants (layers) in all six Area Councils. The administration also said it apprehended of bandits as well as made significant recovery of arms and ammunition. The Call Centre, the Minister further disclosed, has been reinforced with adequate personnel and channels for easy response to distress calls.
Furthermore, Senator Mohammed disclosed that a total number of 3,000 commercial sex workers were apprehended and evacuated from their flash-points in the Federal Capital City alone. 300 of them, he said, are undergoing further rehabilitation programme at the FCT Women Rehabilitation Centre, Sabon-Lugbe, in various vocational trades. According to him, the first batch of 50 trainees had already graduated and passed-out on 6th October, 2011.