Defence & Security

Police step up security nationwide

By Alex Olise, Defence and Crime Correspondent

There is fresh tension across the Southern part of Nigeria following last Sunday’s terrorist attack carried out inside a Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State where no fewer than fifty (50) worshipers were murdered in broad daylight.

The fear followed intelligence reports from locals and top security agencies that unknown gunmen believed to be foreign terrorists have gained entry into Nigeria through the porous borders at a time when the country is still grappling with many challenges, especially in the North-East and South-East of the Country.

Following the Owo attack, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba directed all Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and the 36 States Commissioners of Police to step up their security architecture across the nooks and crannies of their various using proactive measures to forestall possible terrorist attacks.

The Trumpet gathered from top Police sources that in line with the IGP directives which was contained in a signal, all the top officers met on Monday at their various command in a tight security meeting to reveal what happened in Owo, Ondo State and plan a new strategy to forestall attacks by terrorists who are bent on unleashing terror on targeted places in the Country.

Already the Anti-bomb unit of the Force has been directed to expand its operations across the Country. The unit discovered some explosive devices in the recent attack on a Catholic Church in Owo.

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The high command has also advised the management of Churches, Mosques, and other strategic places to take their security seriously by demanding such from their various commands when they suspect any unknown faces or move around their locations.

It could be recalled that the Department of State Security (DSS) had raised the alarm last month over a plot by terrorist groups to renew attacks on target places like Churches, Mosques, and critical government Infrastructures, among others.

According to a top security source who spoke with The Trumpet, “We always received intelligence reports but sometimes we look down on them that is where we as security agencies are having problems.”

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