By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—FOLLOWING renewed bombings in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, with massive killings and wanton destruction of property by members of the Islamist Boko Haram sect, the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, ordered all hotels in Abuja to henceforth forward lists of their guests to the FCT Directorate of Department of State Services, DSS, and the FCT Police Command on a daily basis.
According to him, the hotels have also been mandated to install their individual security cameras within their vicinity and ensure thorough check of all vehicles entering the hotel and their surroundings.
Meanwhile, the United Nations, UN, Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, yesterday in New York, condemned “the continuing horrific attacks against civilians in North-Eastern Nigeria by Boko Haram.”
He said the attacks had become an almost daily occurrence, as demonstrated over the weekend on villages and churches near Chibok, where the sect abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
Ban, in a statement, reiterated the readiness of UN to support Nigeria in tackling the challenge in a manner consistent with its international human rights obligations.
‘Know your neighbour’
The FCT Minister, in the directive contained in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Nosike Ogbuenyi, directed all residents and residents associations in various parts of the territory to embark on “operation know your neighbor” campaign, adding that the measure was to ensure that all criminally minded elements were detected easily within the FCT.
He said: “The security department of FCTA is to liaise with the various security agencies in the FCT on the modalities for implementing the ministerial directive.”
The Minister also directed all traditional rulers in the FCT to, as a matter of urgency, start conducting periodic meetings with various communities within their domains to take stock of strange faces living with them, as well as report all new comers within 48 hours to the local DPO and DSS office.
“This is in furtherance of Operation know your neighbour campaign,” he added.
He enjoined all FCT residents to be vigilant and cautious of strange objects or movements of persons and vehicles around them, as well as stationary ones, adding “they should report same to the nearest security agencies.”
On trucks movement
The Minister further directed that all trailers/lorry operators bringing goods to the city shall no longer be allowed to offload their contents at night and that all offloading shall henceforth be done in the day time under supervision in designated places.
He said: “The directive requires owners of uncompleted and abandoned buildings and structures, without security guards, to provide same. Failure to do so, the FCT Administration would apply appropriate sanctions.
Similarly, owners of plots of land left fallow for a long period of time and not used for any economic or gainful purpose but taken over by criminals would now face appropriate sanctions.
He said: “The ban on smoking of Indian hemp and other narcotic substances is still in force in the territory. The Administration have resolved to clamp down on violators.”