Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police (IGP), says that Abuja is one of the safest cities in the world.
Adamu said on Monday in response to reported cases of abduction in the federal capital in the last 48 hours.
According to reports, at least five people were kidnapped in the city over the weekend.
One of the victims was released after $ 15,000 in bitcoins were paid to the kidnappers as ransom.
However, the IGP has stated that, despite the news, Abuja remains safe for residents and visitors.
In a statement signed by Frank Mba, a police spokesman, the IG police said that Abuja has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
The statement read:
“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 on 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.
“The IGP further observes that the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has a robust anti-crime architecture which is continually rejigged to effectively tackle prevailing and emerging crimes.”
Adamu further asked residents to go about their lawful endeavours “without any fear or apprehension”.