Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Bwari: Kogo community groans under armed banditry siege

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…We need functional police outpost-Monarch

By Stanley Onyekwere

Apparently worried over the reoccurring and escalating insecurity, making life difficult for people in Kogo community, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), prominent leaders there have cried out for swift intervention by relevant authorities, to prevent the settlement from becoming a ghost town.
Checks revealed that the security situation in Kogo community, under the Esu Bwari Chiefdom a monster that the inhabitants especially indigenousdigenous and non indigenousdigenous leaders have been battling with for many years.
It was gathered that despite the formation of a vigilante group to check the situation, yet everyday the people can no longer work and sleep with ease, as criminals have taken over the whole place, and they have been under siege of sort.
Narrating the nightmarish outlook of Kogo1,2 and 3, Chief of Kogo under Esu Bwari Chiefdom, Hon. Samuel F. Gimba, said criminals have been burgling their houses, cars, shops and depriving them of other things, thereby subjecting them to untold hardship.
According to the Monarch, most worrisome is the fact that cultism issue is now on the rise, daily unleashing terrible nightmares on the inhabitants, because those involved in the illicit act no longer allow people to sleep, due to the swelling nefarious activity in the area.
“In fact this insecurity issue has worsened, we are not sleeping with our both eyes closed; while one eye is closed, the other will remain open, because of the insecurity issue.
He said: “When I came to this seat since 2010, I called my people and told them that we can’t continue living like that.
“We held a meeting about the security matter, at end of which we agreed to form a vigilante group, and until today it is still functioning in the community. But still the bad ones are not allowing us to have rest.
“ I can remember vividly that between 2010, 2011 and 2012 as a councillor in the Bwari Legislative Council, we cried out to the government about what we are facing in the place, and authorities built a police Outpost in the community.
“And since then, we have been appealing to the government to put it into full use, but nothing has been done in this regard.
“I think the current Divisional Police Officer (DPO) is the third posted to area, and we have been complaining about the poor security situation.
“They should help us and open the place for full operations, because of what we are facing, but up to today is not being put into full use.
“The people in the community put their own effort to furnish the place, because it was only roofed and left like that.”
The Monarch continues: “ We need security personnel on a permanent basis in this security outpost, because there are facilities in the place for them to work with, and they are not being put into use.
“I particularly feels that having security personnel posted to work there on a permanent basis, I think work will be limited, and we will put heads together and move the community forward, in the aspect of security of lives and property here.
“We are therefore appealing to the government most especially the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello to help us do something about the state of the Police Outpost.
“I’m also appealing to the FCT Commissioner of Police to help us reach the Inspector General of Police(IGP), so that they can do something swiftly for the community.
“And we feel if they can wipe away our tears, by giving us the Police personnel needed here, we will be happy.
“The community is ready to put its hands on the desk and work together with the authorities to secure the place.”
On his part, Chairman, Kogo Community Elders Leader Association, Engr. Fashina Rotimi, recalled that sometimes around November and December 2010, the plight of the community came to limelight when armed bandits raided on several occasions, and it was published by this national daily.
He noted that with coming of the Police outpost in the area, criminal activities was reduced, but when there was no consistent action, everything went went back to worst.
He revealed that frequently, armed criminals entre our houses through windows at nights, and asked occupants not to make noise while carting all their valuables.
He added that criminals are engaged in raping women, snatching vehicles, smoking of Indian hemp cannabis, trafficking of illicit drugs and forcing young females and males to join cult groups.
According to him, “We were happy that we now have a police outpost in the community, which shows that the top police authorities are interested in saving lives and property here, but we have been expecting the personnel to start operating fully there.
“So, we want the Police authorities to urgently assign personnel especially intelligence officers to the security outpost, so that can work with community committee to expose hidden on wholesome activities in the community.”

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