Nigeria’s Brigade of Guards has commenced added measures to tighten security within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The guards, who are responsible for the safety of the President of Nigeria, his family and place of residence, stepped up efforts to truncate and fight insecurity in the nation’s capital. Following the announcement of a red alert by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) few days ago in Abuja, troops have now be stationed at entry and exits points of the capital, while search operations increased.
Checkpoints at strategic locations have been set up; resulting in hour-long traffics in Nyanya-Karu Road, Lugbe-Abuja City Gate axis, Gwagwalada-Zuba area amongst others. Civil servants and commuters alike have been left stranded by the intensified safety measures put in place recently.
Director, Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Major General Bernard Onyeuko, who was at a briefing in Abuja, announced the recovery of more than four million litres of crude oil, two million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and thirty thousand litres of DPK; crude products with estimated worth of 2.7 billion naira that was stolen. 34 wooden boats, 150 storage tanks, 119 ovens, 104 dugout pits, 27 pumping machines, one weapon, one speed boat, 13 vehicles and seven outboard engines, all destroyed, were also discovered by Operation Delta Safe troops.
This was achieved during the operation Octopus Grip sting in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State locales.
Onyeuko also gave an update on the current fight against insurgency, stating 3,858 Boko Haram fighters and families have surrendered to troops. Several terrorists were also killed, while logistics suppliers/collaborators have been arrested.
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed that his administration will support the intensified actions of security agencies to eliminate terrorism.
He stated this on Thursday during the graduation ceremony of 247 students of the Senior Course 44 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.
‘This government will continue to provide the required guidance and support to ensure that the desired results are achieved. The Armed Forces of Nigeria are working tirelessly to enhance their combat effectiveness, operational capability and training necessary to eliminate the threats, in synergy with other institutions and nations.
‘The response of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as the activities of separatists and armed militias amongst others have been commendable.
‘We have witnessed recent terrorist attacks in Nigeria bearing the hallmark of national and trans-border insurgents trying to cause havoc in Nigeria as well as in neighbouring countries.
‘It will be part of your duty to confront these terrorists and insurgents and wipe them off the face of the earth and bring peace to our countries,” the president told the graduating students.
‘The synergy achieved in operating together must have been enhanced by an understanding of the doctrines of the cooperating forces. This occasion provides me another opportunity to briefly reflect on the state of the Nigerian nation, particularly, regarding national security. The last 12 years have been very challenging for our nation, considering the different security threats that have besieged the country.
‘Our government is poised to promote national security and development, as well as to remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong Nigeria. We shall be employing all elements of our national power in ensuring security, a just society, peaceful coexistence, national unity and sustainable development while promoting our good standing internationally,’ he said.