By Henry Umoru, Abuja
AS the country hosts the World Cadet Football championship, the FIFA U-17, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), said the G6 states were battle ready to provide security, just as he hailed his predecessor, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, and others for setting up the G6 security initiative
According to him, security must also be beefed up in the Capital territory and other neighbouring states as we are already in the â€œEmberâ€ months.
Aliero who warned armed bandits to stay off the nationâ€™s capital territory, said that a lot of measures have been put in place especially ahead of the festivity period characterised by high crime rate, adding that his neighbouring governors who make up the G6 security initiative were ready for them.
The governors who make up the G6 Security initiative that was established in 2007 are Dr. Muâ€™azu Babaginda Aliyu of Niger, Ibrahim Idris of Kogi; Aliyu A. Doma of Nasarawa State; Namadi Sambo of Kaduna and Gabriel Suswan of Bebue State and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA), Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero.
Speaking yesterday at the fourth session of the Group at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Aliero who reinstated the commitment of the governors to fight crime to a standstill, noted that when the group came on board in 2007 during Modibbo and others, no single crime was recorded then, just as he stressed the need for the region to return to past glory.The Security Summit is part of efforts to fashion out ways that would flush out criminals from the zone.
The Minister who stressed that the Police and other security agencies in the zone would be empowered to beat criminals in the game thereby make the entire zone unattractive for their nefarious activities, remarked that the report by his Security Adviser has highlighted vulnerable points within the G6 and the nature as well as frequent nature of crimes associated with those points, adding that there was the need for immediate action.
â€œCrime prevention is a very big challenge. We need to work together to address it and empower our security agencies to be able to work at their best. Collective action is known to be more effective than each one of us acting alone.
â€œWe must take urgent steps to reverse the trend especially as this season is historically associated with high crime rate. As criminals warm up to the â€˜ember monthsâ€™, their activities would be nip in the budâ€, he said.
According to Aliero, the G6 Security Initiative was a holistic one as it is not restricted to Police Operations, but extends to sharing of ideas, intelligence reports and critical information among security apparatus in the region including the Armed Forces, State Security Service, NDLEA, Federal Road Safety Commission, State VIOs, Attorneys General and Commissioners of Justice as well as the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice.
Present at yesterdayâ€™s meeting were the FCTA Minister, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, Deputy Governor of Kogi, Philip Salawu, Representatives of Benue State governor and that of Nasarawa, top military officers comprising the Army, Navy, Airforce, the Police, SSS, FRSC, etc.