The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has claimed the FCT has the lowest crime rates in the world.
The assertion follows news making rounds on social media that the Federal Capital Territory is under siege as a result of a surge in crime over the weekend.
The chief of police who debunked claims of security break down and rise in theft of vehicles in the FCT, said the city is safe and secure.
According to the police chief, “the FCT police command has a robust anti-crime architecture which is continually rejigged to effectively tackle prevailing and emerging crimes.”
Despite these claims there appears to be palpable fear and panic among residents following reports of chain abductions at public places.
About five persons including a lecturer with Baze University, Jabi, were kidnapped in Abuja, on Saturday.
While the police rescued the lecturer, the family of a victim, Miss Aisha Ardo, reportedly coughed out $15,000 in bitcoins to secure her release on Sunday night.
Aisha, who is the daughter of a People’s Democratic Party chieftain, Umar Ardo, was taken away in a Toyota Camry outside a popular supermarket in Kwame Nkrumah Crescent, Asokoro, on Saturday.
Two teenagers returning from an Islamic school at Wuse zone 6, around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday were also said to have been abducted.
Also feared abducted was Mrs. Hannah Azuibuike who was reportedly taken away near Habiba plaza, Maitama, around 8:30 p.m.
There have also been reports of a rise in car theft around Abuja in recent weeks with vehicles being taken away by thieves from public car parks across the city.
The statement by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba noted, “While observing that, like other climes across the world, the country has its security challenges, the IGP, however, notes that a comprehensive analysis of crime statistics of major cities across the world would reveal that Abuja has one of the lowest crime rates and remains indisputably one of the safest capital cities in the world.”