Inauguration: Heavy security in FCT as DSS warns against disruption of event
Following intelligence, security operatives have up their ante ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony billed for Monday, May 29, 2023.
Agencies, especially the military high command has put security measures in place at all entry point into Abuja.
Vehicles are properly screened by soldiers at entrances into the FCT.
A drive around Giri, Gwagwalada, Karu, amongst others, revealed that Nigeria’s security operatives have raised the security bar.
Rumours had gone round like wildfire on Tuesday that there was a Car bomb in front of Eagle Square on Tuesday night, but investigations revealed it was false.
FCT spokesperson who also debunked the rumour had said: “On Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at about 9.pm, a Coaster Bus heading towards the Nyanya axis from Wuse was noticed with burning flames underneath suspected to be due to a mechanical fault.
“The driver’s attention was eventually gotten close to the Eagle Square, by Shehu Shagari way where the flames increased. The occupants safely alighted before the fire razed down the bus.
“No life or personal effect other than the rased vehicle was damaged as the situation was aptly manage by Police operatives from the Central Police Station thereby curbing any form of escalation. Members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard contrary and misleading narratives, emanating from malicious and misguided quaters even as the Command continues to intensify the Security of the Territory is this transitional period and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s secret police warned against unruly behaviours and non-adherence to protocols during presidential inauguration activities.
According to the spokesman of Department of State Services (DSS), Dr Peter Afunanya, “It would be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) on May 18, 2023 held a World Press Conference during which he announced activities for the Presidential inauguration. “The major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on May 29, 2023 in Abuja. On the same date, new Governors will also be inaugurated in most of the States.
“The Service is, however, aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmes in parts of the country. The aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
“Based on these, citizens, the media and Civil Society Organisations are advised to adhere strictly to security and civil protocols during the events. They are also urged to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage/narratives and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension and violence prior to and after the exercises.
“This is more so that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion. Additionally, all unauthorised (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.
“The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law abiding. Meanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.”