Mad about the rising cases of kidnapping in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), its Minister, Nyesom Wike, has vowed that henceforth kidnapping suspects would be denied access to bail.
Also, he instructed the chairmen of the six Area Councils of the FCT to hold mandatory monthly security meetings to improve the situation in their respective area councils.
Wike laid down these directives at a security town hall meeting at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on Friday, January 26.
He wants to be informed about any chairmen failed to hold the monthly security meeting saying such would be regarded as threats to the security of Abuja.
He said: “Gone are the days when kidnappers will be granted bail. I will not allow it again. We will ensure that the kidnapper is punished. How will a kidnapper be granted bail?
“Therefore, I will be calling meetings of all traditional leaders, meeting with all council chairmen and meeting with all security agencies.
“If there is no monthly meeting held in terms of security meeting in the councils, I should be aware, and I will hold that Chairman responsible for any security breach.
“If you do your job, I do my job, traditional leaders do their own job, and security agencies do their own job, we won’t have problems.
“But if you don’t do your own part, I don’t do my own part, he does not do his own part, then we are bound to have security problems.”
He reiterated to residents that the government would provide everything that security agencies needed to perform.
The Minister said: “They don’t have the needed logistics and communication gadgets, yet we want them to perform wonders, we want them to perform miracles.
“If they don’t have information, they will not perform miracles; if they don’t have information no wonders would be performed.
“Our is not to carry guns; ours is to provide information through the area councils, through our traditional rulers; and through my office, then to security agencies.
“When we give them information, they will take proactive actions,” he said.