The University Seminar and Colloquium Committee in collaboration with Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies (CDRM&DS), Federal University of Technology, Minna, organized a public lecture yesterday at the Caverton Lecture Theatre, Main Campus with

the theme: “Urban Security and Level of Preparedness.”

The lecture which was well attended with participants from within and outside the University aimed at ensuring that peace, freedom, harmony, safety, justice without any form of fear, violence, intimidation and discrimination is guaranteed.

Presenting his paper, the Commissioner of Police, Niger State, CP Adamu Usman represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Finance and Administration, DCP, Tajudeen O. Bakre said the metropolitan and cosmopolitan nature of urban centres, especially the settings of some urban town which go contrary to Standard Town Planning attract crimes such as house breaking, burglary, shop braking, theft of vehicles and armed robbery.

According to him, it is the responsibility of the Police, being the lead agency in internal security to nib in the bud criminal activities in the country and that the Police in conjunction with other sister security agencies as well as voluntary organisations are working very hard to ensure safety of the citizens.

The CP who defined security as the state of feeling safe, stable and free from fear or anxiety, also enumerated some of the measures the Police has put in place for peaceful and tranquil Minna metropolis and the entire state to include community safety partnership; where the Police in conjunction with members of a given community identify common problems affecting them and proffering solutions, introduction of a security system code-named “Know Your Neighbours.” The aim is to identify criminals and those who may constitute security threats.

In his paper, the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niger State Command, Mr. George Edem who was represented by NSCDC Chief Superintendent of Corps, Akinwolere John said in Nigeria, most especially in Niger state, the issue of security used to be taken for granted. According to him, in most recent decades, due to urbanization, security has taken the center stage, as this is daily becoming a burning issue that needs special attention.

He defined urban security and preparedness as plans, activities, and structures, policies that are put in place in a densely populated and developed geographical area to ensure freedom from or resilience against any form of potential threat.

The Commandant dwelled extensively on different challenges that could threaten urban security such as flooding, lightning strike, burglary, robbery, vandalism, cyber-crimes, banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling. Others are bad roads, boundary disputes, herders/farmers’ dispute, child trafficking, prostitution and rape. He enumerated some precautionary measures to be taken to curb the menace of insecurity.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Yahaya Iyaka commended the resource persons for their great presentations and the participants for attending such an important public lecture. He urged them to take security as everybody's business and that they should endeavour to know their neighbours.

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