The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, on Thursday attributed the low crime rate in Abuja in the last two months, to the proactive measures adopted by the command.
Shinaba said in an interview with newsmen that the 24-hour patrol and regular raids of identified criminal hideouts in the city by the police were responsible for the low crime rate.
The commissioner said that the prompt response of the police to distress calls also contributed to the low crime rate.
Shinaba gave the assurance that the command would sustain the low crime prevalence and relative peace in the city.
He urged the public to assist the police in the fight against crime by volunteering useful information.
“It is as a result of dint of hard work. You can see that everywhere police presence is being felt within the metropolis and even at the satellite towns.
“Police patrol is being sustained on daily basis, 24 hours of the day. If you come out in the night, when people are sleeping in their homes, the police are on the roads, everywhere, moving up and down the place.
“We have our men located strategically at some points that we noticed. And besides all these, the police have been carrying out raids of black spots; carrying out raids of criminal hideouts; raids of uncompleted buildings.
“So, the police have been doing everything to ensure that the citizens of this Federal Capital Territory sleep with their two eyes closed and we hope to sustain that.”
Shinaba said that within the last two months, the command had foiled some robbery attempts and recovered some vehicles, arms and ammunition from suspects arrested in connection with the foiled robberies.
On the challenges, the commissioner identified logistics as the main challenge of the command but said government was taking strategic steps to address them.
“There are challenges when you talk about security and the challenges are many but the government is doing its best to actually to make us to be on top of the situation.
“Some of the challenges could be in terms of logistics and the government is not relaxing on that. They are actually doing their best regarding logistics support.’’
He spoke on the relationship between the police and other security organisations.
“There is a very healthy synergy among the security agencies in FCT. We all work as a team; we work hand in hand and we share information among ourselves.
“And we are all working toward the same goal; we have the same objectives; we are working for the same purpose. So, we collaborate among ourselves.’’
Meanwhile, a new spokesman for the FCT Police Command has been appointed.
He is Mr. Mustapha Rashidi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police. Rashidi, who has since assumed duty, takes over from Mr. Jimoh Moshood.