Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Nyesom Wike announced this while addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja.

Wike, who expressed happiness with the President’s action, said some informants arrested by security operatives over the recent kidnappings and killings in the nation’s capital, were giving vital information that could lead to the arrest of others.

Though the minister did not give details of the arrested bandits, he said information obtained from the suspects had led to the arrest of some kidnappers that the police paraded at the weekend. According to him, security agencies have also foiled more attacks, showing that the government is not resting on its oars. Wike said the lack of adequate equipment in the past had led to unpleasant events, adding that with the emergency procurement the President approved, the story would change.

He said: “So many facilities were not provided: vehicles for the security agencies are not there; you cannot believe that equipment to track criminals is not there.

When anything happens, they go back to the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) or to the Force Headquarters. That is not the way it is supposed to be.

“When I was the governor of Rivers State, the Department of State Services (DSS) told me they wanted a particular piece of equipment. We were the only state that had it then. In fact, sometimes, the headquarters asked for its use. That is a special equipment they needed.

“That equipment, we know how expensive it is. But we had it, and that was able to help us reduce the level of crime. It was able to track the specific phones, not one that would say, for example, the criminals are around the city here. With that equipment, it was specific. It can track a particular phone to the exact spot or room. “So, what we have done with the approval of Mr. President, giving us approval for emergency procurement, we have been able to identify what each of the agencies needs and we will be able now to provide them.

“Again, before we came on board, the police had said they had requested for the procurement of a certain number of motorcycles, where vehicles cannot get to the remote and mountainous areas. Unfortunately, they were not provided. But we are going to do that now.

“Security is not just the equipment. You also have to motivate the personnel. I don’t want to talk about the strategies because we are talking about security now.”

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