Robbery: FCT Permanent Secretary meets some victims

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Abuja  –  The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr John Chukwu, on Monday in Abuja held an emergency meeting with some of the victims of the armed robbery attack in Pyakassa, a surburb of Abuja, a statement said.

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The statement, signed by Mr Hamzat Sule, the FCT Press Secretary, said that the meeting, which was at the instance of the permanent secretary, was to ensure the maintenance of peace in the terrritory and also to calm frayed nerves over perceived reprisal attacks.

According to the statement, unknown hoodlums attacked a Fulani settlement in Ketti-Pyakassa, on Tuesday night killing seven persons and injuring five others.

Chukwu, the statement said, emphasised the need to maintain law and order, assuring that the perpetrators would be apprehended, adding that nobody should take the laws into their hands.

The statement gave the assurance that the Police and other security agencies in the FCT were on top of the situation.

The statement said that the permanent secretary had also directed the Area Council Services Secretariat to organise stakeholders meetings with herdsmen dwelling in and around Abuja for this week.

He said the main issue to be discussed at the meetings was how to permanently put a stop to the knotty issue of grazing of cattle within the city centre.

The permanent secretary said that after the stakeholders meetings, the FCT Administration would have reached an understanding on how to permanently solve the problem of grazing cattle in the city centre.

Chukwu noted that the gathering would be an enlarged meeting between the FCT Administration and Fulani herdsmen as well as their leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.
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He insisted that grazing of cattle in the city centre and along the Airport Expressway must be stopped.

“There are designated grazing areas in Paikon-Kore in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the Territory, which is underutilised,’’ the statement said. (NAN)

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