The Federal Capital Territory Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu, has said the city has the lowest crime rate in the country.
Mr. Inalegwu, however, urged residents to be alert as the Yuletide season approaches.
The police commissioner insisted that no security agency could achieve reasonable success in its operations without having a buy-in from the civil populace.
He, therefore, advised residents of the capital city to be vigilant and report suspicious persons to the police.
Mr. Inalegwu, who spoke exclusively to PREMIUM TIMES, said the low crime rate in the Nigerian capital resulted from the cooperation his command has been receiving from the civil population and sister agencies.
Particularly, he said highway robberies, car snatching, pick-pocketing and flash robberies popularly called â€œone chance,â€ have been on a steady decline across the city.
The police commissioner commended residents of the capital city and sister security agencies for the strong collaboration which has improved the Intelligence gathering, crime prevention and crime fighting.
He lauded the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, for strengthening the community policing and introducing the safe highway initiative.
Mr. Inalegwu maintained that the sage highway programme of the IGP and the dedication of personnel have paid off with highly reduced incidents of highway robberies within the FCT and its environs.
“The rate of highway robberies, car snatching, pick-pocketing and robberies using commercial vehicles known as one chance has drastically reduced all over the capital city,” Mr. Inalegwu said.
We were able to drive down the crime rate because of the strong cooperation we have been having especially with the residents of the capital city and our sister security agencies.
The Safe Highway initiative of the IGP and the consolidation of community policing have made the impressive records we now possible have but we are not resting on our oasis until we keep Abuja and its environs safe and secure.
Mr. Inalegwu also noted that the activities of a robbery gang that terrorized housing estates in many parts of the capital city has been brought to an end with the arrest of the kingpin and some members of the gang.
He maintained that the command will soon make some of its exploits known to members of the public and called for closer and better relationship between the police and the civil populace.
The police boss assured Abuja residents that in carrying out its operations, the police would continue to show utmost respect to the rights of the people and urged them to continue to cooperate not only with the police but also with other security agencies.
SOURCE: PREMIUM TIMES