FCT Minister Reacts To Lynching Of ‘One Chance’ Suspects
Three suspected ‘one chance’ robbers were burnt to death by a mob at Dutse Alhaji junction on Kubwa-Zuba highway, on Monday in Abuja/File Photo

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has condemned the lynching of three suspected robbers popularly known as ‘One Chance’ in the Dutse Alhaji area of Nigeria’s capital city.

Concise News reports that the Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister, Malam Abubakar Sani made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

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This online news medium had reported how three suspected ‘one chance’ robbers were set ablaze by a mob at Dutse Alhaji junction on Kubwa-Zuba highway, on Monday in Abuja.

The minister frowned at the mob action which led to the unfortunate death of the three suspects and restated the FCT Administration’s resolve to reduce criminal activities to the barest in Abuja.

“The FCT Administration is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that the entire territory is free of criminality and criminal elements.

“That is why we are working round the clock with the security agencies to maintain a 24 hours surveillance round the city and its environs.

“To a very large extent, we are happy with what the security agencies are doing to keep the territory safe and arrest all criminal elements particularly traffic robbers, kidnappers and other lawbreakers where ever they may be.”

Bello, however, noted that the killing of the three robbers was an act of lawlessness which the FCT Administration strongly condemned.

“No group or individual has the right to take anybody’s life the way these young men were burnt to death. I have directed the Police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to book”.

The Minister, who called on residents to remain law-abiding, warned that any individual or group found taking laws into their hands or resorting to self help would be dealt with in accordance with the relevant law.

Bello appealed to traditional, community and religious leaders to step up engagements with their subjects by emphasising the need for obedience to the laws of the land and refraining from acts capable of causing the breakdown of law and order.

FCT Minister of State celebrates Nigeria’s 59th anniversary with orphans

In related news, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of State for FCT, on Tuesday celebrated Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary with orphans and some less privileged kids at the Abuja Children’s Home.

A statement by Austine Elemue, her Special Assistant on Media, said that the minister doled out assorted food items to the children of the home on behalf of the FCT Administration.

It said that the visit was aimed at showing love and care to the less privileged in the territory.

It quoted Aliyu as saying that the children were special gifts from God, and assuring them that the kind gesture would be extended to their brothers and sisters in other homes in the territory.

She also disclosed that skill acquisition centres in the FCT would be upgraded to cater for the needs of the less privileged.

“I came here today being the 59th independence anniversary of Nigeria to celebrate with you and to tell you that we love you all.

“As a matter of fact, you are special gifts from God and it is our responsibility as government to cater for your basic needs.

“On behalf of the FCT Administration, I came to present to you our token as part of activities marking our independence anniversary as a nation.

“We thought it wise that people like you should not be left out in this very auspicious occasion. President Muhammadu Buhari is performing similar function at the presidential villa,” she said.

Aliyu called on spirited individuals and organisations to partner with government toward ensuring that the basic needs of the less privileged were met.

According to her, government alone cannot shoulder the numerous challenges facing the country in view of current economic realities.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Christian Ohaa, who described the gesture as “motherly affection, ” commended administrators of the Abuja Children Home for the upkeep of the inmates.

“Your mother, the FCT Minister of State, came to show you love and to tell you that you are special to her and to the administration.

“But above all, she is here to tell you that we are all equal before our creator.”

Receiving the items on behalf of the Home, its administrator, Hanatu Atar, thanked the FCT Administration for the kind gesture and assured the minister that the items would be judiciously used.