In a statement yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACF Frank Mba, the police said, “Credible intelligence reports at the disposal of the Nigeria Police indicate that terrorists have perfected plot to carry out attacks on the Abuja transport sector.
“The attacks which are intended to cause panic amongst Abuja residents and visitors alike are planned to be perpetrated through suicide bombings, or through the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in luggage, bags, cans, and other receptacles.”
The release by the police said the Force Headquarters had ordered the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, and other police commissioners in the adjoining states to beef up security at major parks. It advised residents of Abuja and the surrounding towns to be more security conscious and report suspicious persons, objects, movements, and activities to the security agencies.
But the police enjoined members of the public not to panic, assuring that it is working hard to neutralise the terrorist threat.
“As part of additional efforts at forestalling the attacks and strengthening security around the transport sector, the police high command has called on the management of motor parks to ensure that travelers and workers’ safety comes first. It charges them to constantly conduct regular and routine scanning of their environments while insisting on carrying out a thorough search on passengers and their bags as well as vehicles entering and leaving their parks,” the statement said.
It advised motor park operators to avoid overnight parking and congestion at the parking lots.
Meanwhile, the FPRO has said that the responsibility for ensuring security at the motor parks and other public places rests collectively with Nigerians, stressing that it is not within the mandate of the police to provide bomb detectors and other equipment.
It would be recalled that Abuja was hit by two terrorist bombings at motor parks within barely two weeks, on April 14 and May 1. The first attack occurred at a motor park in Nyanya, a satellite town bordering the FCT and Nasarawa State, and killed nearly 100 persons, while many more were injured. The second explosion near the scene of the first blast killed about 20 persons.
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