The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has said that its personnel have been massively deployed to flashpoints and black spots in and around the territory and its environs in preparation for the festive season.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, CP Bala Ciroma, disclosed this to journalists, Wednesday at the Command Headquarters, Abuja.
He said the deployment was part of strategies the command has mapped out to secure the FCT, adding that vehicular and foot patrols; diligent stop and search operations; intelligence-based crime fighting strategies; and constant raids on black spots especially drug prune spots; would also be intensified.
The Police boss, who paraded 31 suspects before journalists for various offenses including robbery, fraud, car theft, cultism, illegal possession of firearms and drug peddling, said 12 locally made guns; 31 ammunition; 24 phones and laptops; five cars; a half bag of Indian Hemp; several bags of uniforms and accoutrements as well as fake appointment letters; among others were recovered from the suspects.
Speaking further the CP said one of the high points of the commands recent achievements was the cracking of a notorious car theft syndicate, which was not only achieved by the diligence of the Police Detectives on stop and search operation, but also by the effort of the victim who took precautionary measures including installing a tracking device on his vehicle and promptly informed the Police of the incident.
“However, as the Yuletide season approaches, I want to appeal to residents to be more security conscious and provide timely information in case of emergency as our emergency lines are in circulation.
“At this juncture, I want to sound a note of warning to criminal elements within the FCT to desist from their nefarious activities or face the full wrath of the law.
“Also, I wish to reiterate the ban on the use of fireworks (also known as knock out) within the FCT, as all violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. Hence, parents and guardians are enjoined to prevail upon their wards ahead of the festive period.
“I want to use this medium to guarantee FCT residents of the Commands unwavering commitment toward the protection of lives and property within the FCT.
“In addition, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Inspector-General of Police IGP, Mohammed Adamu; the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello; for their unflinching support towards the FCT Command.
“I also want to appreciate Gentlemen of the Press and all those who volunteered useful information to the Command in its fight against crime within the FCT,” Ciroma stated.