25 June 2012

Nigeria: Bombings - Churches Beef Up Security At Bwari

Many churches in Bwari during yesterday's services, beefed up security both at their entrances and surrounding in view of the incessant attacks on the churches in the northern parts of the country.

Our reporter observed that even worshipers were thoroughly searched before they were allowed into the church premises.

At the Christ Apostolic Church, along Ushafa road, church staff were seen using scanning machines to check the worshipers before they were allowed in.

Stern looking men suspected to be church members were also seen keeping vigil at church's entrance.

At the popular Deeper Life junction, commercial and private vehicles were not allowed to park at the junction during the service hours, while people including a police officer were seen guarding a Deeper Life church close to the junction.

Stern looking church guards were also seen keeping vigil at the Catholic Church along Nigeria Law school road, while worshippers were thoroughly checked before they were allowed into the church premises.

The situation was also the same at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles along Ushafa road while police men were also stationed at the entrance of Dunamis church along the same road.

Some Christian faithful, who spoke with our reporter, said the intense security measures in some of the churches were as a result of recent attacks on their places of worship and called on government to find a lasting solution to the situation.

When contacted, the Bwari Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mohammed Umar, a Chief Superintendent, confirmed that officers and men of the division have been deployed to provide security at all the worship centres in the area.

He said the officers are to monitor the movement of vehicles and motorcycles in and around the worship centres in order to prevent any security breach and as well provide security for the worshipers in the churches.

He urged residents to go about their normal lawful businesses and report any suspicious movement to the security agencies.

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