Abuja Emerging as One of the Most Dangerous Capitals Globally Amid Rising Kidnappings and Violence

Kidnappings and Chaos in Abuja

As security concerns intensify, Bulama Bukarti, a recognized security expert, has sounded the alarm, asserting that Abuja is fast becoming one of the most alarming cities globally.

The city is grappling with a surge in criminal activities, including kidnappings, one-chance robberies, and a proliferation of criminals, causing widespread chaos among the innocent citizens of Nigeria’s political capital.

Bukarti, speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, raised the alarm over the increasing dangers faced by Abuja residents.

Criminals posing as taxi drivers in major junctions perpetrate acts of violence and robbery in a manner previously unseen.

The city, he warns, is evolving into one of the scariest Federal Capital cities globally.

Outrage Sparked by Recent Abductions

The recent abduction of six siblings and their father in the Bwari Area Council on January 3, 2024, has fueled public outrage.

Tragically, the kidnappers claimed the life of one of the sisters, Nabeehah, when the parents were unable to meet the N60 million ransom deadline.

Nationwide Security Crisis Reflects in Abuja

Bukarti draws attention to the broader trend of insecurity across Nigeria, with over 9,700 deaths reported in 2023.

He emphasizes that Abuja cannot remain immune to such challenges, and the unchecked growth of insecurity is contributing to the city’s perilous state.

Infiltration of Violent Groups and Rising Incidents

Intelligence reports reveal the infiltration of violent terrorist groups from various geopolitical zones into Abuja.

Operating from border states like Kogi, Kaduna, Niger, and Nasarawa, these groups are contributing to a rise in incidents. Over the last three months of 2023, more than 200 people fell victim to killings or abductions in Abuja.

Impact on Global Security Rating and Investment

Bukarti underscores the potential consequences of this concerning pattern, expressing fears that it could deter investors and dissuade diplomats from residing in the nation’s capital.

This, in turn, may significantly impact Nigeria’s global security rating.

Call for Sustained Security Action

Urging immediate action, Bukarti calls on security agencies to initiate sustained security measures, not just in Abuja but across the country.

He emphasizes the necessity of taking the fight to bandits and terrorists in various regions as a crucial step in securing Abuja.

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