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Abuja terror alert: Security agencies tighten activity around National Assembly

Following several alerts regarding security threats in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the National Assembly on Friday night announced the commencement of a stop and search policy.

According to the National Assembly Security Committee, the National Assembly Complex is particularly a vulnerable target for insurgent attacks.

In a memo signed by the Director, Administrative, Tahir Sani, the Committee resolved to adopt several proactive measures in the short and long terms.

The memo read, “One of such measures is the directive to Security Agencies and the Sergeant-at-Arms Department to ensure that, effective Monday, October 31, 2022, all vehicles coming into the National Assembly premises are thoroughly searched. This entails that, the drivers of the vehicles shall by themselves open the booths of their cars and submit their vehicles to comprehensive checks.

“Honourable Members and Distinguished Senators are by this notice advised to use the Presidential gate, unless they are willing to submit themselves to this stop and search policy.

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“While regretting the inconvenience that this policy may cause to our Visitors, Staff, Honourable Members and Distinguished Senators, it is important to state that this measure is due to the exigent demands of our security challenges.”

The United States Mission in Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja issued a security alert over the risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Federal Capital Territory.

Following that of the US, more foreign missions in Nigeria have raised security alerts of an impending terrorist attack on the nation’s capital.

The embassies of Denmark, Ireland, Bulgaria, Finland and Germany in Abuja have raised similar alerts following that of the US and UK.