Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) authorities said that they have suspended Alhassan Musa, the community head of Anagada in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the city for abetting kidnappers.
Minister of State for FCT, Ramatu Aliyu revealed this at an emergency security meeting with traditional rulers and graded chiefs and chairpersons of the six area councils in Abuja, HumAngle reports.
Communities in the local government area of Gwagwalada have become a den for kidnappers of recent which is now troublesome to residents in the communities and others residing in Abuja.
Aliyu said that the trust bestowed on traditional leaders was not one to be traded no matter the price presented and least of all because of poverty. She issued a stern warning to village heads stating that strangers should not be housed by communities as they might be involved in shady business which promotes insecurity in Abuja.
“It is not in our character, no matter the level of poverty to betray the trust bestowed on you as a traditional ruler and the custodian of our traditions. This will not be acceptable in the seat of government where Mr. President is the Governor-General,” the Minister fumed.
“Go and discuss with your various village heads and give them a sound warning that those found wanting will not be spared. And no one has the right to accommodate total strangers or groups of people, especially now that we are facing challenges of insecurity.”
“You cannot accommodate strangers. The people you accommodate can betray you. The people you harbour in your communities can be informants or bandits. At the end of the day, we battle with insurgents,” she warned.
Kidnapping incidents in Nigeria’s capital city have been on the rise. In February, Okechukwu Nnodim, a journalist was kidnapped in Kubwa town of FCT, an example of a high profile kidnap in recent times.