8 Boko Haram: La­gos urges mosques, churches to be vig­i­lant

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

Fol­low­ing re­ports of planned in­va­sion of La­gos State by the Boko Haram sect, the state govern­ment yes­ter­day called on churches and mosques to be vig­i­lant and to in­stall metal de­tec­tors in their premises.

The govern­ment also ad­vised places of wor­ship, par­tic­u­larly cen­tral mosques where a large num­ber of Mus­lim faith­ful gather on Fri­day and big churches, to em­ploy more se­cu­rity per­son­nel for the pro­tec­tion of their premises and wor­ship­pers.

Com­mis­sioner for Home Af­fairs,

Dr. Ab­dul­ha­keem Ab­dul­la­teef, gave the ad­vice dur­ing the meet­ings he had with the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of Christ The Light Chapel and the state Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Board.

He urged re­li­gious lead­ers to work hard to en­sure that ter­ror­ists do not suc­ceed in La­gos.

Ab­dul­la­teef lamented the new tac­tics of Boko Haram by which young girls are used as sui­cide bombers to kill peo­ple at wor­ship cen­tres and called on re­li­gious lead­ers, or­gan­i­sa­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions to be vig­i­lant and guard against such oc­cur­rence in the state.

He said the state govern­ment would soon or­gan­ise a stake­hold­ers con­fer­ence to look at how to de­velop places of wor­ship in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally.

He said his min­istry would co­or­di­nate and su­per­vise ac­tiv­i­ties of mosques and churches in the state.

Ear­lier, Chair­man of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil, Christ The Light Chapel, Mr. Ola Da­wodu, called on the state govern­ment to come up with poli­cies that would im­prove re­la­tion be­tween the govern­ment and re­li­gious bod­ies in the state.

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