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FCT Residents Cry Out As One Chance Criminals Take Over Some Areas

Pic.1. Commuters caught in a traffic jam caused by an accident involving an articulated vehicle near Zuma Rock on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway on Tuesday 923/1/18) morning. 00412/23/1/2018/Jones Bamidele/NAN

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have decried the increase in One chance activities as Criminals have reportedly taken over some areas.

The one chance criminals mostly operate in moving vehicles along the Kubwa express, Life Camp junction and Berger.

One chance is a type of robbery in which the victim is robbed while on board a moving commercial vehicle; mostly unpainted taxis.

Some of the victims, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said that those who enter commercial vehicles along the Kubwa express, Life Camp junction and Berger are more prone to such activities.

One of the victims, Precious Neji, said she was robbed on Feb.16 the day election was cancelled around Katampe Hillside in Dawaki, while she boarded a taxi on her way to church with three men and a lady at Katampe and the driver started asking them for their Permanent Voter Cards and suddenly went into a bush path.

“They started punching my eyes and face, they also collected my bag, phone, ATM card, I gave them the real password of my phone and the pin of my ATM. “They took the N11,000 in my bag after which they dropped me in a bush,” she said.”

Speaking on the matter, Deputy Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Danjuma Taminu, assured FCT residents that the police is doing everything possible to curb the menace within the territory.

Tanimu said some officers had been positioned at strategic places such as the parks, under the bridges, lonely roads, highways and other suspicious places in order to curb the trend.

He disclosed that an Anti One Chance Squad was established in 2018 when one chance criminal activities were rampant in the FCT.

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“It was established in 2018 by Commissioner of Police (CP) Bala Ciroma, the office was at Asokoro Police Station under Asokoro Police Division. “Currently, with fewer cases of one chance within the FCT, the CP saw the need to narrow it down to CID division of the police,” Tanimu said

“Most officers of the squad have been sent to other states to help reduce one chance as they have done in FCT,” he said.

Tanimu further called on transport organizations and those working in parks to collaborate with the police in curbing the few cases of one chance criminal activities.

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