Some kidnap incidents in Abuja stage-managed – Wike

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By Chioma Nnodim

Minister, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Barr Nyesom Wike, has assured improved security and more infrastructures in the nation’s capital saying that some kidnap incidents were stage-managed.

Wike, while briefing Journalists on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with Senators at the National Assembly, Abuja, also alleged that most of the kidnapping stories in the nation’s capital are stage-managed.

Meanwhile, the Senate had invited the Minister and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, to brief the lawmakers on the modalities put in place to secure residents of FCT.

The Minister said that the interaction was fruitful, adding that Senators had agreed that security has significantly improved in the FCT.

“I am glad they are all happy with what we have done, what we are going to be doing and they provided some suggestions on ways forward. “What is important is what the FCT should expect from now. I will say improved security, more infrastructures. You can see what is going on in the FCT. It has been turned into a construction site.

“You can also see what has happened in the FCTA. Now we have our own Civil Service Commission; now we have our own Permanent Secretaries which has never been. There are new things in the FCT, and the residents are happy”, he said.

He noted that no society exists without one form of crime or the other, adding that what was critical was being able to limit or reduce the level of insecurity.

“Most of the kidnapping stories you hear, some of them are stage-managed by people. There are some internal arrangements. “Take for example; you have a housekeeper or a driver in the house that will plot to kidnap the child of their boss. In such a case, what do you expect us to do? What we can do is to ensure that the person that is kidnapped is released”, he stated.

The Minister also disclosed that the two most wanted kidnappers terrorising residents of the FCT have been arrested, adding that the development has reduced the level of kidnappings in Abuja.

“We are not saying we have gotten to where we want to be, but we are doing a lot and people should acknowledge that what used to be is not what we are seeing now.

“We will continue to do our best to ensure that we provide the best to our people. We cannot give you the assurance that there will be no form of criminality, nobody can do that, as long as we are humans,” Wike added.