INSECURITY : FCTA Spells Out Stiffer Penalty For Traditional Rulers Aiding Criminality

24 February 2021 By Remi Johnson

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has warned that the Federal Capital Territory Administration would not spare any traditional ruler aiding criminality in his domain.  

The minister who gave this warning during an emergency meeting of all the graded Chiefs in the territory, confirmed the security report recommending the suspension of the chief of Anagada, Malam Alhassan Musa, in Gwagwalada Area Council.  

Dr Aliyu, who expressed confidence in the functionality of the traditional institution urged the chiefs to be in constant touch with the village heads towards nipping in the bud the spate of insecurity in the Territory.

According to the FCT Munster of State, the FCT Administration would soon embark on “operation know your neighbour, stay safe, and stay alive”.

She explained that such move would enable the administration to have a profile strangers who do not have any business staying in the nation’s Capital. 

“Regrettably… security report indicting one of the royal fathers in Gwagwalada Area Council…Royal stools are now being bastardised by some traditional rulers… This will not be acceptable in the seat of government where Mr. President is the Governor General…Go and discuss with your various village heads and give them a sound warning that those found wanting will not be spared. she Said.

Dr Ramatu Aliyu also admonished the royal fathers against accommodating strangers .

“The people you accommodate can betray you. The people you habour in your communities can be informats or bandits. At the end of the day, we battle with insurgents,”

Responding on behalf of the chiefs, the Chairman, FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs and the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, assured the minister that her message would be delivered to the village heads.  

The royal father also used the opportunity to appeal to the authorities concerned to do everything possible to fill the gaps in some chiefdoms.  

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