Vanguard (Lagos)

12 July 2014

Nigeria: Police Uncover Plot to Bomb Abuja

The Nigeria Police on Saturday said it had credible intelligence reports that terrorists had perfected plan to attack the Federal Capital territory (FCT)'s transport sector.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba.

It therefore ordered the Commissioner of Police in the territory and commissioners in adjoining states to beef-up security at major parks around Abuja and its environs.

The statements stated that "the attacks are intended to cause panic amongst Abuja residents and visitors alike.

"They 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."

It called on the people of the territory to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons, objects, movements or activities to the security forces promptly.

The statement, however, enjoined them not to panic as security forces were working round the clock to neutralise and effectively deal with the threat.

It called on the various managements of motor parks to strengthen security at the parks and take measures to ensure the safety of travelers as part of efforts to forestall the intended attacks.

The statement advised them to constantly scan their environments and carry out a thorough search on passengers and their bags as well as vehicles entering and leaving parks.

It further advised that such search must have the active participation of passengers and warned that any item or luggage unaccompanied by any passenger must be rejected out rightly.

"Passengers are also enjoined to be on the lookout for any passenger, who might come in with luggage but will attempt to disembark without such luggage" it said.

It asked the operators to discourage overnight parking of vehicles at motor parks, particularly by unknown persons, and advised workers at parks to reduce congestion by disallowing the indiscriminate parking of private cars.

Meanwhile, the statement urged the public to reach the police on the following hot lines in case of emergencies: FCT Police Control Room - 07057337653, Force Intelligence Bureau Operations Room - 08139379245, 08075650624

It said that the force could also be reached on the National Emergency Line: 112. (NAN)

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