Following a series of killings, stabbings, and robberies, residents of two surburbs of Kubwa and Lugbe have cried out to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; and Abuja Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, to step up action to stem the growing menace.
There have been reported cases of similar incidents in other suburbs.
Around estates belonging to the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) estates in Lugbe and Kubwa, residents lament criminals instilling terror in residents, especially perpetrated by scavengers (Baban bola) and commercial motorcyclists (Okada).
The trend of criminalities, which began years ago, has assumed a fearful dimension with the influx of unemployed youths from different parts of the country.
A female school teacher with a Catholic primary school in Kubwa, Ms Mary Palmer, was robbed and allegedly stabbed to death in Lugbe, where she lives, by unknown individuals, as the Police remain overwhelmed by the spiralling criminal activities.
Fearful residents now prefer to call the criminals terrorists as evidenced by social media posts in circulation during the week, even as many consider expanding self-help actions and activities.
One of such posts in the week is reproduced below:
“FHA and Lugbe axis are fast becoming a terrorist zone, the number of terrorists that are there are more than the ones in sambisa forest, but this terrorists are terrorising people with daggers and many weapons, they collect peoples bags, handsets and their valuables, the people whom they have killed in FHA lugbe since one year to this time are more than 30. They always rape their victims.
“There was a day a convoy of a minister was moving, the terrorists attacked the convoy and two people died and they set the road on fire with tyres, a whole Federal Government road and nothing was said or done about it.
“If the federal Government doesn’t find a solution to this problem it will cause more mayhem that they won’t be able to curb, the soft spot where they always perpetrate their evils are the two pedestrian bridges in Lugbe and the over-head bridges that vehicles ply and even in their homes.
“Anywhere they are pursuing those thieves they always run into tipper garage in lugbe and escape.
“Furthermore all the groups of baban gbola are thieves and robbers which people are very much aware of, this terrorists are also amongst the okada riders. Federal Government should investigate this and checkmate it especially among the baban gbola.
In Federal Housing every individual bought their houses.
“The Government should come and checkmate this because this perpertrators built taches in front of peoples houses and when confronted they bring out their machettes. It’s not by force for them to live in Abuja.
“Federal Housing Authority that is supposed to be in control of the authority here are not doing anything, even FHA lugbe is the worst of all the estates in Abuja, no good road or security is in place. The government should probe Federal housing authority, the security of FHA have slipped out of their hands and that’s why hoodlums have enough grounds to penetrate into every nook and crannies of the estate.
“THE SOLUTION TO THIS
-The Tipper Garage should be removed and they should be given a new site.
-The baban bola should be removed entirely from the Lugbe axis.
– All the okada riders should be sacked and they should be replaced with licenced Keke napep riders.
“If the IG and minister of Abuja can find solutions to this it will be to their good and the good of Nigerians.”