Insecurity: Wike distributes 100 motorcycles to security agencies in Abuja

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By Chioma Nnodi

In a bid to combat crimes in the nation’s capital, Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Barr Nyesom Wike, has distributed hundred motorcycles to the security agencies.

The minister explained that each of the six area councils would get 10 motorcycles, while the Nigeria Police would receive 30, adding that the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, would get 5 each.

The minister warned that the motorcycles must not be used in the townships but in hard-to-reach parts of the territory to fight insecurity.

Wike also charged the VGN to utilize the motorcycles to assist the Police and other security agencies in combating crimes particularly in the rural areas of the FCT, expressing appreciation to the group for its selfless sacrifices to secure lives and property in the nation’s capital.

He said; “Remember that security agencies requested for specialized motorcycles that will be used particularly in the rural areas. The vigilance teams will use them in the six Area Councils, and then the Police, the SSS, and the Civil Defence will also want to do theirs.

“Let me caution, particularly to the security agencies, I don’t want to hear stories tomorrow that the motorcycles are nowhere to be found again. I don’t want to hear such stories, because sometimes when you give out vehicles, before you know it, the vehicles are no more there. Please utilize these motorcycles to fight crimes in the areas you have identified.

Ordinarily, the Chairmen of the Area Councils ought to handle this, but this is our support to them in the councils. “Make sure that these motorcycles are given out to the vigilance teams, and we are going to provide logistics for those who are going to use these motorcycles. We are going to provide logistics for them.

“We have promised the residents of Abuja and the Area Councils that security is a priority for the Renewed Hope Agenda. Anything we can do to protect lives and properties; we are going to do it. So, I urge you to use it well, and take it not for commercial purposes. I don’t want to see the motorcycles in the city here. It should be used in the rural areas, so they should not be used here.

“We are already trying to see how we can phase out motorcycles here, so please let it be taken to the rural areas. All the security agencies, the outposts, give it to them. We do not want to continue to hear excuses that the terrain is so bad, they require this and that and they have not been given. Now that you have been given, these may not be enough, we will continue to provide more.

“For vehicles, we believe by the next two weeks, the vehicles would have been ready to give out to the security agencies. For us, we will not relent until those who say we will not sleep, they too will also not sleep,” the minister added.