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FCT residents decry rising insecurity, demand urgent action



FCT residents decry rising insecurity, demand urgent action

Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have described the rate of kidnapping and robbery within the city centre in recent times, as alarming.


The residents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday described the spate of insecurity in the FCT as worrisome, alarming and unacceptable.


They urged security agencies and the FCT Administration to take urgent measures to save residents from the criminals.


Joel Adewale, a civil servant, told NAN that his daughter was attacked recently on her way from Wuse to Gwagwalada.


He said she was taken to a lonely road off Airport Road before being dispossessed of her belongings.


Adewale added that the girl was forced to put a call across to him to transfer money to her account, which was removed using a PoS machine by the criminals.


“It was more like a case of kidnap for ransom, but I was lucky to have my daughter back after parting with N150,000,” he added.


Joshua Orogun, the former President of Abuja Newspapers Distributors Association, said the increasing rate of insecurity in the FCT, had been allowed to linger for over 15 years.


“Though the previous governments tried their best, more needs to be done to safeguard the lives of residents.


“I implore the present administration to put in place measures to address the ugly situation headlong.


“I particularly called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to do the needful to come to our aid by deploying the necessary machinery to salvage the situation.


“The situation we found ourselves now, calls for a very sincere approach and fervent prayer,” Orogun added.


According to him, one of his friends and chairman of a motor park in Area 10, was recently kidnapped in Keti, a suburb of Pyakasa, and had to pay N1 million ransom before he was released.


Orogun urged residents to be very vigilant while going about their legitimate businesses “as everybody is now at the mercy of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes”.


Another resident, Friday Odekina, a communication expert, blamed the increasing insecurity on the rising number of people with no means of livelihood in the FCT.


According to him, the number of people with no means of livelihood trooping to the city has tripled, with some of them taking to crime for survival.


“Everybody is now allowed to be in Abuja against its original master plan that emphasised a particular set of people.


“To me, if the government is serious of fighting the menace headlong, those set of people should be gotten rid of, because they not only constitute nuisance but are the ones terrorising residents,” Odekina said.


Also, Adeniyi Olajide, a public servant, said that recently, the rate of insecurity in the FCT had taken a new dimension.


“Just about two weeks ago, a friend of mine was kidnapped and up till now, he is still in captivity.


“The kidnappers made contact and demanded ransom, but after paying the ransom, he hasn’t regained his freedom up till now.”


He therefore urged the FCT Administration to look inward and checkmate the activities of the criminals.


“The criminals are having a field day in the territory, people now live in perpetual fear, especially while trying to board a cab whether painted or not, because of the fear of the unknown.


“Just recently, a friend of mine boarded a taxi from Lugbe to Wuse District, only for him to be taken to Bwari and dispossessed of everything on him, including all the money in his bank accounts,” he added.


Another victim, who worked with one of the paramilitary agencies died of trauma after he was abducted and dispossessed of all the money in his bank account.


According to a member of the deceased family, who preferred anonymity, the victim encountered the criminals in early August when he boarded a vehicle on his way home after closing from work.


The source said the deceased officer was robbed of huge sums of money kept in his possession by a friend.


He said the trauma of how to refund the money to his friend pushed him into depression and he later died.


Also, a journalist with one of the government-owned media organisations in Abuja was abducted on Sept. 14, after closing from work at about 6 pm.


The lady journalist said she boarded a taxi from Central Area to Lugbe but was taken to an abandoned building on the outskirts of the city by four armed men.


According to her, the kidnappers forced her to transfer all the money in her bank account amounting to millions of naira.


They further forced her to call her relations and friends who also paid over a million naira in ransom before her release.


When contacted, the FCT Police Command, downplayed the reports of increasing incidences of robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the territory.


According to the command Spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, the command is doing its best to safeguard the lives and property of residents.


“It is not true that the activities of “one chance” are increasing in the FCT because the command is not relenting in its efforts to protect lives and property.


“We have deployed appropriate assets and personnel across the territory to track criminals and protect residents,” Adeh said.


She urged residents to be security conscious and support the police and other security agencies with actionable intelligence reports to track and apprehend criminals.


“The fight against criminality is a collective one, so residents must be careful of places they board taxis because most of these criminals take advantage of such places.


“The command has over time embarked on enlightenment campaigns on the strategies the criminals usually deploy in carrying out their operations.


“Residents must play their part by ensuring that they board taxis in approved places and be watchful of the people in the taxi before boarding,” she added.


Meanwhile, the FCTA Task Force on City Sanitation, said it had been clamping down on the “one-chance” robbery syndicates in the city.


The Secretary of Command and Control of the Taskforce, Peter Olumuji, explained that the syndicates usually use unpainted taxis in unapproved motor parks to perpetrate their evil acts of kidnapping and seizing people’s valuables.


Olumuji said that the task force comprised the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, Department of State Security, Immigration and Correctional Services, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.


Others, he said, were the Directorate of Road Traffic Service, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Social Development Secretariat, and other relevant agencies in the FCT.


He added that the task force had been very active in dislodging miscreants known for attacking unsuspecting residents, mostly at night, from their hideouts.


According to him, the raid is part of a holistic security operation to ensure the safety and free movement of residents within the city.


“We have been receiving reports about the operation of “one chance” syndicates in some locations in the city.


“The enforcement team is all out to ensure that we raid any location that harbours “one chance” motorists, illegal motor parks, or unapproved parking spaces.


“We have also realized that besides causing public nuisance, some beggars are being used to gather information for criminals,” he added.



On her part, Deborah Osho, Head of Operations, FCTA Directorate of Road Traffic Service, said that the force was also enforcing the ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles constituting a security threat in the city.


Osho explained that motorcycles were being used by criminals to quickly escape from crime scenes.


“They are also being used for many criminal activities including snatching valuables and mobile handsets from unsuspecting passersby.


“This is in addition to the rising number of casualties from accidents involving Okada riders,” she said.


The head of operations said that security agencies had tagged the commercial motorcycles as a “security threat” and wanted them off the city routes.


Osho, however, advised residents against boarding okadas and patronising unpainted taxis for their safety.

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Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents



Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents

In a remarkable display of commitment to the welfare of his constituents, Rep Dan Amos, representing the Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency in Kaduna State, has spearheaded a program offering free medical surgeries to 600 individuals. The initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Graceland Health Care Development Foundation, was inaugurated in Kafanchan on Friday.


Amos, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), emphasized that the initiative was a fulfillment of his campaign promise to bring relief to those silently grappling with health challenges. The lawmaker acknowledged the harsh economic realities in the country, which often left vulnerable individuals struggling to cover their medical expenses.


Speaking at the inauguration, Rep Dan Amos stated, “This exercise is in line with my campaign promise to put smiles on the faces of those suffering in silence. The purpose is to show care to people who have health challenges and are unable to foot their bills due to the hardship in the country. Health is the biggest wealth in life because without it you can barely do anything.”


The free medical surgeries, estimated to cost nearly ₦100 million, covered a range of procedures, including 500 general surgeries such as fibroid and appendix removal, along with 100 eye surgeries. Dr Joseph Thot, Head of the medical team, revealed that the surgeries began the previous day, with approximately 50 already completed. Additionally, 1,000 eyeglasses were distributed to individuals with various forms of eye defects.


Rep Dan Amos emphasized that this philanthropic endeavor would become an annual event, extending beyond his tenure in office. He reaffirmed his commitment to fairness and justice for all constituents, soliciting their cooperation and support in fulfilling the mandate entrusted to him.


Commending the legislator’s efforts, the Chief of Godogodo, Rev. Habila Saidu, urged other well-meaning individuals and organizations to follow Amos’s example in providing assistance to the downtrodden.


Sen. Sunday Katung, represented by Yohanna Allah-Magani, lauded Amos for prioritizing the health of his people. Beneficiaries, expressing gratitude to the lawmaker, prayed for blessings and additional opportunities for him to continue making a positive impact in his constituency. The initiative not only addresses immediate health needs but also underscores the importance of public servants actively engaging in initiatives that directly impact the lives of their constituents.

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Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements



Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements

In a determined effort to root out corruption within its ranks, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has confirmed the arraignment of 11 officers before a disciplinary panel. The officers face various charges related to corrupt practices, with one officer being found not guilty out of the 12 originally arraigned.


The acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare, affirmed the disciplinary proceedings in a statement released on Friday, providing insights into the agency’s commitment to upholding its rules and regulations as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules.


Bakare, who also served on the disciplinary panel, disclosed that the cases were adjudicated by a panel, statutorily constituted with the presence of three permanent secretaries. The outcome saw 11 officers found guilty of corrupt practices, while one officer was exonerated.


The disciplinary panel has forwarded its recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification in accordance with public service rules. The recommended punishments range from dismissal, reduction in rank, to immediate termination of appointment from the state public service.


Addressing the public, Bakare issued a stern warning to corrupt officers within the agency, emphasizing that stiff and severe punishments would continue to be meted out to those tarnishing LASTMA’s image. He urged residents, especially the motoring public, to support the ongoing restructuring by promptly reporting errant officers through the agency’s complaints hotlines, providing proof of evidence.


Bakare emphasized, “All officers are, hereby, warned to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, but in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority. Any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the state government into disrepute shall equally face the consequences.”


While commending LASTMA officials for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence, and professionalism, Bakare issued a warning to the motoring public against inducing traffic personnel with bribes. He highlighted that the law frowns upon both the giver and the receiver in such transactions and urged compliance to avoid prosecution.


The move to discipline corrupt officers aligns with LASTMA’s commitment to maintaining transparency, efficiency, and public trust. The agency’s resolve to root out corruption reflects broader efforts within Nigeria to instill accountability and uphold ethical standards in public service. For complaints and inquiries via its social media handles, the following social media handles were given for motorists to reach out to LASTMA management. including Instagram – ekolastma; Twitter ‘X’ – @followlastma; Facebook – ekolastma and Youtube – LastmaTV.

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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023



Ruger's 'Asiwaju' reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023

In a resounding celebration of the global dominance of Nigerian mainstream music, Afrobeats has emerged triumphant on Spotify’s list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023. Notably, eight Nigerian songs have claimed spots in the top 10, underlining the genre’s continuous ascent on the international stage.

Leading the pack is Ruger’s chart-topping single ‘Asiwaju,’ a smash hit that has resonated across the continent and secured its status as the most streamed song in sub-Saharan Africa for the year. The accomplishment highlights Ruger’s prowess and the widespread acclaim his music has garnered.

Following closely at the second spot is Ayra Starr with her sensational track ‘Rush,’ a global hit that propelled her into the international spotlight and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance. The recognition affirms Ayra Starr’s rising influence in the music industry.

Claiming the fourth spot is the award-winning superstar Asake with ‘Lonely At The Top,’ a compelling single from his sophomore album ‘Work of Art.’ Asake’s ability to blend impactful lyrics with infectious beats has solidified his position among the musical elite.

Omah Lay, one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, secures the fifth spot with ‘Soso.’ His consistent chart presence reflects the profound impact he continues to have on the music scene.

Notably, Davido makes a double appearance on the list with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ claiming the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The versatility and popularity of Davido’s music are underscored by his dual presence in the top 10.

The complete list of the most streamed songs on Spotify in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023 is as follows:

1. Ruger – Asiwaju
2. Ayra Starr – Rush
3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
5. Omah Lay – Soso
6. Davido – Feel
7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8. Libianca – People
9. Burna Boy – Last Last
10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

This remarkable achievement not only underscores the influence of Nigerian artists but also highlights the diverse talent and global appeal of Afrobeats. As the genre continues to dominate international music charts, artists like Ruger, Ayra Starr, and Davido are at the forefront of shaping the contemporary sound that resonates with audiences across the world.

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