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Abuja churches step up security as IGP allays fears of residents

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
03 August 2022   |   4:22 am
Against the backdrop of terrorists’ invasion of Bwari, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where soldiers were killed, churches are taking measures to fortify their worship centres.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba. Photo/FACEBOOKTHENIGERIAPOLICE

Deploys additional manpower, assets

Against the backdrop of terrorists’ invasion of Bwari, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where soldiers were killed, churches are taking measures to fortify their worship centres.

Several churches have put internal security measures in place during Sundays and weekdays services. Worshippers are duly screened before entering church auditoriums, while armed bearing security agents are deployed in many churches within Abuja towns and outskirts to ensure safety.
  
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had last week placed all its state commands on alert following intelligence reports that elements of the Boko Haram terrorists as well as those of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have heightened plots to attack the nation’s capital, Abuja and five other states, including Lagos.

The leaked memo dated July 25 and signed by the Deputy Commandant General DCG Operations, Dauda Danladi Mungadi, which was addressed to all state commands of the NSCDC, the Corps said two separate bandit groups have also concluded plans to attack Abuja and others.

MEANWHILE, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has allayed the fears of residents in the FCT and environs as he ordered massive deployment of additional police operatives and operational assets within Abuja and environs to beef up security and protection of life and property of residents, critical national assets and vulnerable facilities as well as road users plying routes in and around the FCT.

The IGP made the charge during the Force Management Team’s meeting at his office on Monday, August 1, 2020, while receiving general security updates.

He has also charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, to supervise and manage the deployment to ensure maximum security in the FCT as well as surrounding states with a high risk of attacks.
 
According to the police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, “The IGP however cautioned members of the public, especially citizen-journalists, on the dangers of spreading false alarms, misinformation, and disinformation as they could be detrimental and counter-productive to national security.

  
“In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police has assured Nigerians in general, and residents of the FCT in particular, of their safety and security, while urging them to go about their lawful duties without fear of attacks.
  
“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.”