There is no security threat in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has said.
IGP, Usman Baba Reacts To Terror Alert
Recall that the governments of the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday, warned of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja.
The warnings said the attacks would target government buildings, places of worship, schools, and other centres where large crowds gather.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday by the Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Usman Baba Alkali reassured Nigerians and other foreign nationals of their safety within the country.
The IGP emphasised this while charging all Strategic Police Managers in charge of Commands and tactical formations within the country to beef up security in their respective jurisdictions, especially in the FCT.
The police boss reiterated the commitment of the force to securing lives and property, noting that the Nigerian police will achieve its mandate in collaboration with other security agencies.
“The IGP, therefore, allays the fear of residents in the FCT and admonishes them to go about their lawful businesses and normal social lives/engagements as all hands are on deck to nip any security threat in the bud and respond to distress calls promptly,” the statement read.
“The IGP similarly reiterates the commitment of the Nigeria Police to eliminating all threats, as well as protection of lives and property of all residents of the country.”
Baba similarly directed that all emergency numbers across the country should be activated to full capacity for a 24/7 prompt response with combatant officers and men on standby to respond in case of emergencies and distress calls.
He appealed to FCT residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence and persons to the Police.
The police chief also asked the general public to reach the Force through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883.
Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that the US also issued a terrorist attack alert in South Africa, notifying its citizens that insurgents are planning an attack on large gatherings in Johannesburg.
The alert, which was issued on Wednesday, comes days after the US and UK issued a terrorist attack alert in Nigeria.