Abuja witnesses massive presence of security personnel over terror alert


Abuja witnesses massive presence of security personnel over terror alert

Nigeria’s security agencies have deployed operatives in numbers to the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja.

The development follows the terror alerts issued by the United States and the United Kingdom recently.

Despite the reaction from the federal government that there was no cause for alarm, the anxiety in Abuja has called for a massive deployment of security agents.

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Neptune Prime reports that both the US and the UK embassies in Nigeria warned about possible terror attack in the Nigeria’s capital city, asking their staff to be vigilante while urging some of the staff to leave. And as a result, schools and businesses in the city were shutting down.

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According to the alert, the terrorists might attack public buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, and facilities belonging to law enforcement agencies and international organisations.

It, therefore, directed non-essential embassy staff and their family members to be evacuated from the FCT.

However, reports gathered that there was a massive deployment of Special Forces and the elite Presidential Guards Brigade in the Abuja metropolis on Saturday to prevent possible terrorist attacks.

Armed security personnel, including policemen, were seen patrolling the city centre, the Kubwa Expressway, Jabi and other strategic points.

They were also seen around the NNPC Towers, and War College, both in the Central Business District and around the Central Bank of Nigeria headquarters.

Recall that on Monday, two suspects were arrested at the Trademore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, while suspected Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders and their foot soldiers were also apprehended between Tuesday and Thursday.