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Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by dre11(m): 7:55pm On Sep 11
Nothing puts greater timbre on the parlous state of security in the country than the denudation of the virtual hedges and moats around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and the disarray of the phalanx of boots in the city. Abuja was once assumed to be impregnable and residents lived with a false sense of security. But the terrorist blitzes in the national’s capital in 2013 and 2014 jolted many out of the reverie.

With the dawning of the Buhari administration, the bombing in the city petered out. The security forces also appeared to have nicked the insecurity in the north-east to subsidence at the time. I recall that in 2016, Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, in a fit of showmanship presented a flag reportedly retrieved from the last frontier of the insurgents to President Muhammadu Buhari. But a few months after the “big show”, the insurgency metastasised. What really happened?

As a matter of fact, the FCT enjoyed a bit of calm from terrorism but with flickers of other crimes like armed robbery, one-chance operations, rape and car-jacking. However, as the Buhari administration lost its compass by sleight of abominable incompetence, the entire security bearing of the city and the country caved in – from Borno, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara to Niger, Kogi, and Nasarawa bandits expropriated pieces of earth.

While some of us in Abuja had looked on the devastation of insurgency and banditry in other parts of the country from a ‘’safe’’ distance and with a smirk of privilege, “the doom” comes right at our doors. Really, the Buhari administration has failed spectacularly to secure Nigerians everywhere and anywhere. The government has also failed to secure the very corners from where it sits to preside over the country. What an extravagant failure!

Abuja is home to the headquarters of the DSS, the police, the army, the air force, the navy, the NIA, the DIA, and other security and paramilitary agencies. But right under the lenses of this octopus of agencies, bandits are attacking communities within the territory and on the fringes of the city. What a phenomenal shame! If they cannot secure their base and the areas around it with diligence, can they secure anywhere else in the country?

The DSS and the police, in particular, appear to be very dutiful in combating civil protests and in arresting dissenters. This is while the nation is taken up in galling insecurity. The expertise of these agencies is demonstrable on the civilian population, not on those who have picked up arms against the state.

Just a few days ago, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) issued an anticipatory warning to its officers, saying Boko Haram insurgents had set up hotbeds in Abuja and that they were oiling their cannons to launch attacks on five locations across the nation’s capital.

In an internal memo, H.A. Sabo, comptroller of enforcement at the customs headquarters, asked officers to be on the alert. He spelt out the locations in Abuja, Kogi and Nasarawa where the nurseries of these terrorists are bubbling.

“Information reaching the comptroller-general of customs (CGC) reveals the existence of Boko Haram terrorist (BHTs) camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory,” the memo read.

“Further reports have it that they are planning to attack some selected targets within the territory. They are reported to have set up their camps in the following identified enclaves: Kunyam Bush along airport road, off DIA Staff Quarters – Abuja; Robochi/Gwagwalada forest; Kwaku forest, Kuje, Abuja; Unaisha forest in Toto local government of Nasarawa state and Gegu forest, close to Idu town in Kogi state.

“Consequently, you are to be at alert and security conscious of your environment at all times.’’

What is most disconcerting in the memo is the tone of helplessness by the customs – “consequently, you are to be at alert and security conscious of your environment at all times”. What could be more dispiriting? If an agency in the security network is gripped by trepidation, then it is a serious cause for alarm. We should all be worried.

On Thursday, bandits pushing violence in the Gwagwalada axis of the FCT struck at Tunga Maje, a suburb of Abuja, reportedly kidnapping 20 people after a vehemence of brutality on the community. The community has become a select victim of the invaders who attacked the area some weeks ago. What is telling about the recent attack is that it happened just days after the customs’ memo was reported. There is no reprieve from torment for the residents of Tunga Maje who have to endure intolerable trauma. The government has failed them just as it has failed other Nigerians in states under the reign of bandits and insurgents.

Also, there have been coordinated attacks by bandits in other parts of the FCT – in Kuje where a traditional ruler was kidnapped and in Pegi where nine people including a 12-year-old were abducted. And with every successful onslaught, these gunmen are revivified and excited to inch into the city centre. There have been three reported attacks on a road in Life Camp so far.

Insecurity anywhere should concern us all. First, the security crisis was localised in Borno, then it mushroomed in Yobe, Bauchi and Adamawa; it took the form of banditry in the north-west, and now it is metastasising in the north-central — with Abuja as a trophy target. We must not discount insecurity anywhere. We are all potential victims.

One thing stands out: The Buhari administration has failed on security in all axes – even in its house!

THE CABLE

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by azmanaty02: 8:00pm On Sep 11
Bulhary is a clueless daft

The army should strip him of that his quota General and also be demoted. He is a disgrace to 'Generalhood'

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by solmusdesigns: 8:03pm On Sep 11
cool


Buhari really failed on security


Obasanjo and Abacha fully understood how to face and eliminate security threats quickly before it escalated... Yar'Adua also had a perfect plan with amnesty. . But Buhari and Jonathan seem to enjoy crisis

How can insecurity over run Abuja and Katsina home of Buhari


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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Jostoman: 8:08pm On Sep 11
They like to chase unharmed people but runway when they see bandit that Carry gun like them.

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Enugupikin: 8:08pm On Sep 11
Funny enough we still have 3 years to go

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Nbotee(m): 8:13pm On Sep 11
D funny thing is kidnappings have become an everyday occurrence especially in Kuje area but do U hear about it in the media? Not a day goes by without kidnapping incidences in around dat Kuje area.. How many media houses even reported dis one in Tunga Maje..

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by chriskosherbal(m): 8:16pm On Sep 11
Enugupikin:
Funny enough we still have 3 years to go
grin cheesy is well sir

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by fuckingAyaya(m): 8:18pm On Sep 11
Zoo

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by lonelydora: 8:51pm On Sep 11
You see how useless this country is? Customs made it known to Nigerians that several camps have been set up in Abuja bushes, but No, DSS rather kill innocent people in Enugu than investigating the news.

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by tstx(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
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The black man was not created to run his own country — Anonymous observer



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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by classicfrank4u(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
Buhari until 2050
We must get sense by force grin

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by winkmart: 8:52pm On Sep 11
This country nawa

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by emeijeh(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
Confirmation and characteristics of SHITHOLE

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Timekeeper: 8:52pm On Sep 11
Naija which way??

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by rentAcock(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by PureGoldh(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by AFULA(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
okay
Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Cmanforall: 8:52pm On Sep 11
All those living in Abuja should be careful and vigilant.

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Kabir5643(m): 8:52pm On Sep 11
Person no safe again for this country

Thunder fire you o buhari

Come arrest me


Bastard!

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Spysees: 8:53pm On Sep 11
It's crazy
Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by apesinola001(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
Buhari is a failure, take it or leave it


What do you expect when certificate less Man is in charge of over 200 million people

Sai baba my foot

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Ricky911(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
Okay now
Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by GarangDeMabior: 8:53pm On Sep 11
Dr John Garang De Mabior writing..

Africa especially Nigeria is not a country but a conglomeration of different nation's with different believe and ideologies.

For that country to function, it must cease to exist

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Oluwaseunbandur: 8:53pm On Sep 11
All we need in this country is to divide

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Mandesz(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
Even the police need security guards in buhari era.

CANDID ADVICE:
Have a cutlass, a knife, and/ or a bottle in your room. If u can afford a gun, then u re good to go. Those who have all these are said to be security conscious in Nigeria. No mind police abeg

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by PrimeWatermark: 8:53pm On Sep 11
Barman/Mixologist urgently needed in a hotel at Ikeja.

Immediate Resumption.
Call the number in my signature.
Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by HisSexcellency(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
The main problem of this country is that the citizens are too docile to effect any positive change of their own situation. No Nigerian has a stake in nigeria and as such doesn't give a hoot what the government does.

What happened in my neighborhood few months ago opened my eyes to why the situation of things in the country is what it is today and will probably remain the same.
A neighboring compound had issues with their soak away tank and this led to waste products spilling all over the backyard of that compound, the landlord was out of town and promised to fix it once he got back. But due to the backyard was already messed up and the stench was becoming unbearable even for neighboring houses, the tenants called a meeting and raised funds to get the soak away fixed.
And I was like, if we as Nigerians are as interested in the progress of this country the way these tenants were interested in that of their compound, things would have changed for the better.

But then I realized that these tenants did what they did because they have a stake in that compound. While Nigerians have no stake or feel any sense of belonging in their own country. This is why you will see these same tenants that ensure that the issue in their compound was fixed without delay even in the absence of the landlord will walk or drive on untarred/potholes filled and erosion ravaged roads daily, visit government hospitals without drugs, send their kids to Dilapidated government schools without seeing any need to speak up or do something about it.

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by donestk(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
the cause?

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by MrNipplesLover(m): 8:53pm On Sep 11
thunder kill all of una there.

stupid people running after chickens with no fangs.

cowards.

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by ABlAstate: 8:53pm On Sep 11
Bubu why?

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Re: Bandits Take Over Abuja While DSS, Police Go After Protesters by Openbusiness: 8:54pm On Sep 11
grin

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