Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have decried the increasing rate of ‘one chance’ criminal activities in the city centres.
One chance is a type of robbery in which the victim is robbed while on a moving commercial bus.
Some of the victims said that those who enter commercial vehicles along the Kubwa express, Life Camp junction and Berger, were more prone to such activities.
Precious Neji, one of the victims, said she was robbed on Feb.16 the day election was cancelled around Katampe Hillside in Dawaki.
She said that she boarded a taxi on her way to church with three men and a lady at Katampe and the driver started asking them for their Permanent Voter Cards and suddenly went into a bush path.
“They started punching my eyes and face, they also collected my bag, phone, ATM card, I gave them the real password of my phone and the pin of my ATM.
“They took the N11,000 in my bag after which they dropped me in a bush,” she said.
Similarly, another female victim, Aminat Ahmed, said she and her friend were robbed in a taxi along Dutse market on March 18 at about 3:30 p.m. at News Engineering bus stop in Dawaki.
“After few minutes in the vehicle, the driver wind up the glasses which happen to be tinted and the guy in front ordered us to bend down.
“He requested for our bags and took all our valuable which include three phones, cash close to N15,000 and my friend’s ATM.
“They instantly tried to transfer the money using a POS machine in the vehicle but it was not successful so they later withdrew the money at Jaiz Bank ATM close to Wuse market.
“After turning around the express like four times, they dropped us behind News Engineering with our bags and zoomed off,” she explained.
Speaking on the matter, ASP Danjuma Taminu, Deputy Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), assured FCT residents that the police is doing everything possible to curb one chance within the territory.
He said that some officers had been positioned at strategic places such as the parks, under the bridges, lonely roads, highways and other suspicious places in order to curb the trend.
Tanimu disclosed that an Anti One Chance Squad was established in 2018 when one chance criminal activities were rampant in the FCT.