….as CP refutes claims of organ disappearances
1. The Federal Capital Territory has intensified its crackdown operations against car robbery syndicates popularly known as one-chance and other violent crimes in the FCT.
2. FCT Police Commissioner, Haruna Garba, who made this disclosure in Abuja following the FCT Security Committee meeting, which was chaired by the FCT Minister, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike said two separate joint task forces have been set up and have since commenced operations.
3. According to the FCT Police Commissioner, decisions were taken to set up one task forces consisting of all the security agencies in the Territory to tackle the menace of “one chance” and the other to curtail the activities of armed robbers, kidnappers and all other crimes within the FCT and its environs.
4. The Police Commissioner who noted that these two security operations have commenced in earnest, assured the residents of the FCT of their resolve to rid the Territory of crimes and criminalities.
5. The CP said eight suspected “one-chance” syndicates have been arrested while eight operational vehicles used by them have also been recovered
6. He added that the FCT will soon witness notable decline in the activities of the “one-chance” robbery syndicates.
7. According to him, “We’ve been able to make arrests, eight within the last one week and they are still with us. I paraded them this morning. Eight vehicles, if you go to the FCT Police Command, you will still see them there, all with tinted glasses and those are the vehicles that these “one chance” people use.
8. Speaking on the raids on mechanic workshops within the city and other flash points, the Commissioner noted that a lot of people come into the city with no well-defined purpose and end up in uncompleted buildings, mechanic workshops and under the bridges, resorting to criminal activities.
9. The Police Commissioner also encouraged residents to report criminal activities to the security agencies through the emergency response lines, adding that security is everybody’s business.
10. CP Haruna also called on the media to sensitize FCT residents on the trending issue of male or female organ disappearance, which he dispelled as false.
11. The Commissioner who disclosed that 62 cases of alleged organ disappearance have been recorded in the FCT, said innocent lives could have been lost, but for the prompt response of the police and other sister security agencies to douse tension.
12. While dismissing the claims of organ disappearance as false, he said those who raised the false alarm have been taken to the court where some of them have been fined for inciting the public and making false claims.
13. He said, “We are happy to note that since these incidents happened in September this year, we don’t have any case of a single death. So, all those people who came up with a complaint that their manhood have disappeared, we’ve taken them to the hospital, the hospital has carried out examinations and confirmed that their manhood is active and intact. They have told lies. If not for the police, these people would have been mobbed to death, completely innocent people.
14. In attendance at the meeting were the representatives of the various security agencies in the FCT, senior officials of the FCT Administration, amongst others.
DIRECTOR OF PRESS
(OFFICE OF THE HON. MINISTER)