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Kidnapping: FCTA commences profiling of worst-hit communities

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced the profiling of areas worst-hit by kidnappers in the territory.

The Director, Development Control, FCTA, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, who led the exercise in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was to know the causes of the kidnappings and suggest solutions.

The exercise began with Sagwari Layout Estate, Dutse, in Bwari Area Council, where kidnappers abducted some residents recently.

Galadima noted that the officials, with support of security personnel, would identify buildings without approval and other illegal activities in the area.

Represented by the Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr Hassan Ogbole, he blamed the poor planning of the area on the community leaders and some of his personnel.

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He pointed out that the area was surrounded by structures that were built without the approval of the FCTA development control department.

The director further said that after profiling the area, the department would recommend necessary measures that would curb the activities of criminals.

“The exercise is a fact-finding mission and part of the department’s periodic monitoring of developments.

“We observed the recent growing chain of illegal developments within the ecological sensitive zone to the lower Usuma Dam, which is supposed to be a secured side.

“Activities of illegal developers are a threat to the FCT Administration and to the Dam. On several occasions, we have taken steps to carry out enforcement but they remained unabated,” he said.

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