Manpower is deployed in addition to assets
With the backdrop of terrorists’ attack on Bwari, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where soldiers were killed and churches have taken measures to secure their worship centres.
Many churches have put in place an internal system of security for services on Sundays and other weekdays. Worshippers are screened prior to entering church auditoriums. Likewise, security personnel with armed bodies are in place in numerous churches in Abuja towns and around the outskirts to ensure security.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has this week put all of its state commandments on alert in response to intelligence reports suggesting that members belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group as well as members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have intensified plots to attack the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja and five other states which include Lagos.
The leaked memo, dated July 25, was signed by the Deputy Commandant General DCG Operations, Dauda Danladi Mungadi. The memo was addressed to all state commanders of the NSCDC The Corps stated that two bandit groups also have completed plans to attack Abuja and other cities.
MEANWHILE the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has calmed the concerns of residents of the FCT and the surrounding areas as he has ordered the massive deployment of operational police personnel and police officers within Abuja and its environs to step security and safeguard the lives and properties of residents, vital national infrastructure and assets and roads users who are plying routes within or around FCT.
The IGP was able to make the announcement during the meeting of the Force Management Team in his office on the 1st of August in 2020. The meeting was followed by general security information.
He also has charged the Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for the Department of Operations, DIG Bala Zama-Senchi to oversee and manage the police force to ensure maximum security within the FCT and states that are in close proximity and have the highest risk of being attacked.
According to the police spokesperson Muyiwa Adejobi “The IGP however cautioned citizens particularly citizen journalists about the dangers of disseminating false alarms, false information and disinformation since they could be harmful and even counterproductive for national security.
“In this same way, the Inspector General of Police has promised Nigerians all over the world and those living in the FCT specifically of their security and safety and urged them to carry out their legitimate tasks without fear of being targeted.
“He also reiterated the firm determination of the Police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance the security architecture in the country, through intelligence gathering, operational deployments and application of cutting-edge technology to decimate the activities of criminal elements across the country.”