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FCTA Host G-7 Security Submit To Tackle Cross-Border Crime

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA has convened an extraordinary Security Technical meeting for members of G-7 States to brainstorm on ways to tackle cross- border crime.

The Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola who declared the submit open in Abuja, appealed to the G7 State Governors to provide necessary security gadgets and logistics support to security agencies to enhance their field operations.

The G-7 States which includes FCT, Nasarawa, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger, Benue and Plateau, has the Commissioner of Police of each State, state Directors of DSS, and NSCDC state Commandants as the Security Technical Committee Members.

On the occasion, the Permanent Secretary FCTA, represented by the Acting Secretary FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mallam Ishaq Abubakar Sadiq explained that the collaboration among the G-7 member states would afford them the opportunity to chart a new course on how best the FCT and neighbouring States could be effectively secured.

Mr Olusade noted that the nature of threats and security challenges currently being faced in the region required a more holistic approach by security personnels to nip the menace of kidnapping, banditry and criminality in the bud.

He therefore tasked the G7 states to come up with strategies in combating the growing issues of cross-border crimes.

His words “…let me appeal to our State Chief Executives to prioritize issues of lives and property of residents within their respective domains as well as providing materials and other logistics support to our Security Agencies to enhance their field operations.

“I therefore charge members of the Technical Committee of the G-7 States to put on your thinking cap.

Security, as we are all aware, is a fundamental pillar upon which any thriving society is built …in recognition of this fact, the FCT Administration has consistently prioritized the platform for the enhancement of security measures within our territory and beyond.Just recently, the Administration provided several operational vehicles and security gadgets to security agencies within the Territory, in a bid to effectively combat crime and criminalities.”

In his welcome address, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna, noted that security concerns across the country have become increasingly complex and technologically based, hence the need for synergy and coordination.

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The idea was for the states to pull their resources both man and materials together to fight the criminals simultaneously. As we gather here, it is imperative that we acknowledge the gravity of the task at hand. Our dear states stand at a critical juncture, where security concerns have become increasingly complex, and technology driven.

Also, the Director, FCT Security Services Department, Adamu Gwary, said that the G-7 initiative would strengthen collaboration, coordination, and seamless exchange of intelligence that would help to checkmate cross border crime.

On his part, the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 7, Adebowale Williams, stressed the need for synergy, shared intelligence, effective community policing and proactiveness among member states in order to efficiently track criminals transversing the states.

Most of the commissioners of Police from the G7 states that spoke with Journalists expressed optimism that the outcome of the meeting would help the security personnel to re-strategize for effective service delivery.

Remi Johnson, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Bukky Alabi

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