The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a security beef-up at major parks in and around the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in view of intelligence reports of a looming terrorist attack.
In a statement released today and signed by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, the Force said that intelligence reports indicate that there are plans by terrorists to attack transportation system in the city using bombs and other means.
“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,” Mba stated.
The police said that 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.”
As part of additional efforts aimed at forestalling the attacks and strengthening security around the transport sector, the police also called on the management of motor-parks to ensure that travelers’ safety.
It charged 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 also urged motor park operators to discourage overnight parking of vehicles at motor parks, particularly by unknown persons and to reduce congestion at the parks by disallowing the indiscriminate parking of private cars, tricycles and motorcycles at the precincts of motor parks.
In spite of the threat, police authorities enjoined citizens not to panic as security forces are working round the clock to neutralize and effectively deal with it.