Monday, 20 February 2012

Police beef up security in Abuja

Following the Suleija fresh bomb blast, the Police in the FCT, Abuja, have beefed up security in and around the Capital City with new motorized electronic detecting equipment deployed to such places as the Aso Rock Villa, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and the entry point between FCT and Niger State.

More motorized electronic bomb detectors, which were recently procured from Europe by the
Federal Government, according to
 Vanguard sources, are to be deployed to more entry and exit points of the FCT when they arrive the country because only a limited number including one deployed to the Keffi/Marraraba/ Nyanya axis to checkmate those that may want to infiltrate the FCT from the Boko Haram hot spots.

The scene of the bomb blast at Christ Embassy Church Morocco Road Suleja where four people sustained injured on Sunday. Thebomb was planted in between two cars parked in front of the Church. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

“It would have to take some time to get others because these high caliber and modern bomb fighting and detecting equipment are only built to specifications and when needed. There is the possibility also that when these equipment are procured in future, they would be deployed to states threatened by this terrorism menace” the source said.

Aside the Presidential Villa, the Defence and Services headquarters, Ministry of Defence, SSS headquarters, Police headquarters, NNPC headquarters and the Central Bank of Nigeria which had been cordoned off for some time by security agencies, have had their security re-enforced.
Vanguard gathered also that security has been beefed up for foreign embassies in the FCT while diplomats having business to transact around the country have been advised to secure security protection before embarking on their activities.

Meanwhile, the FCT Police Command disclosed yesterday that though it has beefed up security in Abuja before now, “It has fortified all entry and exit points to the capital while more Police personnel have been deployed to patrol and protect lives and property on the highways, roads and major streets”.

According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent of Police Jimoh Moshood, “Strategic locations including public and private concerns, throughout the FCT are being monitored and protected and the FCT Command will continue to work with other security and safety agencies within the capital and those of other states sharing borders with the territory to further strengthen and sustain the present level of security in the FCT”.

The statement urged members of the public to go about their lawful activities, duties and engagements without fear or apprehension but report any suspicious incidents or happening to the nearest police Station or call the emergency lines-08032003913, 08061581938.

Culled from vanguard news


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