The rising cases of kidnappings, robberies and other violent crimes within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has become a source of concern for residents, prompting calls for the security agencies and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to the state of insecurity in the capital territory.
An FCT police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “It is sad that this is happening in Abuja, but nowhere is safe in the country as one has to be very careful, you don’t know who is who. Even we that are the police, we know that the problem does not start from the police. ”The problem in Nigeria today was caused by the political elites and this has eaten in too deep. To say that the insecurity in the FCT is beyond the police is not fair. It is a very big problem but the police are doing their best.”
Some respondents, who spoke to our reporter, said that the level of insecurity in the nation’s capital may not be unconnected to the rising number of unemployed youths. Others say that migration to the city has fuelled the insecurity being witnessed. For Mr. Julius Odo, he believes that 70 per cent of Nigerian youth are unemployed.