The Special Assistant on Security Matters to ex-Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, Hon Henry Nwazuruahu Shield, has proposed that individuals who publicly opposed the appointment of Nyesom Wike as FCT Minister should be investigated.
In an exclusive interview with Naija News, Shield expressed deep concerns about the alarming increase in kidnappings within Abuja.
Shield identified economic hardships, false security perceptions, and political undertones as major contributors to the escalating crisis.
He proposed a civilian intelligence gathering system in every neighbourhood, involving ordinary citizens in the fight against crime.
Drawing on his experience, he highlighted the importance of constant collaboration between political leaders and security agencies.
Hon. Shield called for the creation of community vigilante services, urging residents to actively participate in securing their neighbourhoods.
Question: What do you think are the main factors contributing to the recent increase in kidnapping and insecurity in Abuja?
Answer: “Thank you for the question. For me, a lot of factors are contributing to the recent increase in kidnapping and insecurity in the city. First and foremost is the economic factor. The economic situation in the country is such that it is pushing a whole lot of people into doing what they ordinarily might not have done.
Now, is this a justification for the crimes that are being committed? Absolutely not. But I’m trying to highlight the factors as I see them, okay? That’s number one. Number two is that we have this sense of security in the FCT, which is no longer there. We have this false sense of security to say, oh, Abuja is secure, Abuja is secure.
“The truth of the matter is that the administration needs to place a security blanket over the city.
“It is in Abuja you hear on a daily basis of the cases of one-chance robbery, of the cases kidnapping, of cases of pickpocketing. This, you might say, oh, because it hasn’t gotten to me. I can mention a few areas where residents stay awake every night.