Abuja, the seat of power ideally should have been the safest city in Nigeria.
But the story of the city is not far from what is happening in other cities across the country which is the increase in the activities of criminals.
Although, people residing in the city centre have been enjoying relative peace while those living in the suburbs have been grappling with activities of abductors and other criminalities.
sadly, phone snatchers have invaded the city, unleashing mayhem on innocent citizens indiscriminately.
PlatinumPost investigation on the activities of the criminals revealed how they carry out the nefarious act, sparing no place in the city.
These phone snatchers are youths in their early twenties who usually hide under bridges waiting for their preys who are mostly motorists plying the roads.
They lay siege in the thick forest under the bridges as vehicles stop at the traffic lights or slow down due to bumps, they pounce on their victims who are either using their phones or keeping the phone in the car with the window down.
These hoodlums are extremely fast, they snatch phones before a twinkle of an eye and run with the speed of light into the forest beneath the bridge.
Which make it difficult for victims to take the decisive decision of pursuing them.
This harrowing experience has made residents of Abuja remain on the edge while driving with windows of their vehicles closed always for those whose cars have air condition.
Notorious areas where these criminal elements operate includes Shehu Shagari way (Three Arms Zone), Central mosque road, Zone 4 bridge opposite GTB, Area 1 roundabout, Galadima roundabout, Goodluck Jonathan Expressway, Banex Junction, Berger round, Between Wuye and Jabi, Turkish hospital, Apo zone E.
A top government official of one of the North-West states who fell victim to the crime whose phone was snatched on a traffic light around the National Assembly junction narrates his ordeal to PlatinumPost on the condition of anonymity.
He said: “I was driving around 8:30 pm and the red light appeared, being a law-abiding citizen, I stopped while others ignored it. to my consternation, I just saw a hand in my car picking my phone before I could say jerk the young man has gone under the bridge. I was shocked, if this can happen around that kind of area then you know nowhere is safe.
Another victim Charles Okonkwo whose phone was snatched on the Zone 4 bridge Wuse, equally told our reporter his unfortunate experience.
“We were driving in my friend’s car three of us I sat at the passenger’s seat in front and was receiving a call, as the driver slowed down one boy just picked the phone from me and ran under the bridge. I’m calling on the FCT minister and the police to address this problem bedevilling this city because these hoodlums are gradually taking over this Abuja gradually”
The spate of insecurity in the country is on the increase recently, just
Yesterday armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have disclosed.
The attack has raised fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.
The incident on May 9 prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.
“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide said.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu confirmed the burgling of the residences of the duo describing it ‘foolish attempt’
When contacted on what is the police doing to mitigate the rising crime in the city, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, ASP Yusuf Mariam said “We are clamping down on them”.