CITY NEWS Security tightened after Abuja blasts
Security has been tightened in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following the detonation of explosives at two satellite towns of Nyanya and Kuje in the territory.
City News observed heavy presence of police officers at strategic locations in the territory including major roundabouts, shopping malls, entry and exit points into the city. Residents who spoke to our reporter said the deployment of police officers might be a reactionary measure to the blasts which occurred on Friday night, killing scores and injuring many others.
Friday’s explosion was the first in the FCT since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in May and it occurred several months after the Banex Plaza bombing in June 2014. Shalewa Adeoti, a resident, said she spent about one hour between Citec Estate and Airport Junction on Saturday morning. She said surveilance at the checkpoint mounted by police officers on the road was intense such that some motorists were instructed to open their vehicles’ trunks.
City News also observed that police officers said to belong to the anti-terrorism squad have returned to Berger and Galadimawa roundabouts, while the number of officers attached to the Safer Highway Patrol has been increased.
A taxi driver, Olaolu Adekoya, that plies Airport Junction and Lugbe axis appealed to the security operatives to be lenient in their operations. Though he described the measure as necessary, he said spending hours on the road due to checking at security points would not augur well for his business.