By Hassan Zaggi
Following the continuous threat to life and property in the Federal Capital Capital (FCT), Abuja, some areas have been identified as danger zones, hence, cautioned should applied when passing through them.
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) gave the warning in a memo it circulated to its staff, in Abuja.
The memo which was dated July 12, 2019, was signed by the ECOWAS Director, General Administration, Dr. Daniel Eklu.
In the memo, Dr. Eklu warned that the identified crime flash points should be avoided “especially at nights and drive with caution when driving through them.”
The crime flash points that should be avoided, especially at nights, according to him, include Berger roundabout, Minister Hill Maitama, Gwarinpa, Area 1 and 3, Mabushi pedestrian bridge, Galadimawa Roundabout and Kubwa Expressway.
While warning further, Dr. Eklu, said, “local information also indicates that some hoodlums in Church Gate Central Area are now using massive building block stones (interlocking) to target car windscreen. In case you come across these criminals, do not stop, do not stop, keep moving, and ignore the blocks on the road. By no means should you allow yourself to be caught.”
He warned that serious caution should be applied when boarding public or commercial vehicles in any part of the FCT.
“Be careful not to fall victim of “One Chance” a parlance used locally to describe criminals who rob passengers in commercial unpainted taxis.
“Dress casually while travelling, do not expose jewellery or foreign currency,” the Director, General Administration further warned.
On home security, he cautioned that: “The physical security of your home is important. In addition take interest of supervising your residence guards; lock all doors and windows at night; ensure that your security lights are functioning at night; be alert when approaching your gate to avoid being followed.
“We suggest that you keep your guard dogs to improve your residential security if possible.”
While giving advice on the need for personal security, Dr. Eklu warned that: “Be careful where you pack your cars, especially at garden bars, super markets, restaurants and unguarded streets. Staff members have had their cars broken into in recent times and valuables stolen.
He further advised on the need to constantly maintain situational and environmental awareness always and that parents should monitor their children always.
“If confronted with a toy gun, do not assume that it is a toy gun. Calm down and comply with instructions. While materials can be replaced, same cannot be said of life. Do not be a hero, he cautioned.”
He, however, applauded the efforts of the security agencies in making consistent efforts to put an end to the rising insecurity in the country.
“The elevated security situation as a result of banditry in Zamfara, Katsina and Borno states is under the effective control of Nigerian security agencies.
“The Inspector General of Police has since launched ‘Operation Puff Adder’ across the states which aims at counter banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes,”
It would be recalled that there has been increasing cases of crime and criminality including ‘one chance’, armed robbery and other related crimes in recent past in the FCT.
However, the FCT Police Command has consistently reiterated that it is on top of the situation.