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Police Strategise, NSCDC Warns As Terrorists Infiltrate South

 

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The police have mobilised to foil plans by terrorists to attack the southern part of the country sequel to the infiltration of the region by suspected Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists.

As part of the strategies to prevent terrorists’ attacks, the police chiefs in Lagos met on Monday just as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps warned Nigerians against employing fleeing terrorists.

Also, it was gathered that police and the Department of State Services had deployed detectives to fish out fleeing terrorists in the South.

This followed the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram commander working as a security guard at a residential building in the Ijaiye area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Saturday.

The arrest of the Boko Haram commander has triggered a flurry of emergency security meetings by law enforcement agencies in Lagos and Ogun states, and apprehension among residents in the southern part of the country.

The development is coming on the heels of the July 5 attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre, Abuja, where 69 Boko Haram commanders were freed by the Islamic State West Africa Province.

Also, suspected terrorists attacked the Presidential Guards Brigade troops at Bwari-Kubwa road, Abuja, in which a captain, lieutenant and six soldiers were killed and others wounded.

A leaked memo from the NSCDC indicating that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists were amassing dangerous weapons for massive attacks on Katsina, Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna, and Zamfara States, created fear in Abuja and anxiety across the country.

The PUNCH learnt that suspected terrorist arrived in Abeokuta from Katsina, took up a security job at Ijaye, while gathering intelligence for an attack.

Security sources said he moved to Abeokuta to set up a cell for kidnapping and terror attacks.

But acting on intelligence, the DSS operatives apprehended him.

A source said, ‘’It was not an easy ride. Intelligence and the grace of God were sufficient for the operatives. There are still many of them (terrorists) around, but we are on top of our game.”

Lagos CP, area, tactical commanders hold emergency meeting, call for vigilance

In preparation for the security challenge, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, on Monday, held a security meeting with all area, squadron and Tactical Commanders in the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known via a tweet on Monday.

Sharing photos from the meeting, Hundeyin noted that the security and safety of the residents remained a priority for the police. He also urged Lagosians to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to security agencies.

Hundeyin tweeted, “ONGOING: CP Abiodun Alabi, fdc meeting with all area, squadron and tactical Commanders in Lagos State. The security and safety of all residents of Lagos State remain a top priority.

“We call on Lagosians to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to security agencies.”

Hundeyin, during a Twitter Space webinar, also told our correspondent that the command was working with other agencies to prevent terrorists’ attacks in the state.

Responding to a question on the threat, Hundeyin said, “For now the threat level is not alarming. We are not restricting anyone’s movement. And we want people not to relax.

“They should be very vigilant, very watchful because security is everyone’s business. So the moment they sight or spot something out of the ordinary, please inform the nearest security agency so that it can be looked into.”

Twenty-four hours after the arrest of the Boko Haram suspect, the police and DSS authorities in Ogun State planned to hold a crucial security meeting on the development.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this to one of our correspondents in Abeokuta on Monday .

Oyeyemi said the command had not been properly briefed about the incident but revealed that the state commissioner of police and the director of DSS would meet over the incident.

He said “We have yet to be aware of it, and we are trying to find out. The two organisations (DSS and police) will have a discussion on that and whether it is true or not. We also arrested one of the Kuje prison escapees.”

According to him, the fugitive was arrested in the Sango area of the state, adding that a Boko Haram commander was also arrested in Kara in the Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state in 2014.

The PPRO advised the residents to scrutinize anyone before employing him as a security guard.

“We arrested somebody, who has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. He was set free during the #EndSARS protest at white house prison custodial centre in Benin and he ran to Ogun State and started vandalising power installations before his arrest,’’ he noted.

Punch

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