CITY NEWS Se­cu­rity tight­ened af­ter Abuja blasts

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

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.

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