Nigeria on Red Alert After UK and US Warnings
- December 6, 2017
Warnings by the United States and the United Kingdom of possible terrorist attacks in Nigeria have set off a red alert across the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered Commissioners of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states to ensure 24-hour patrol of mosques and churches, markets, schools, motor parks, hotels, recreation centres, settlements, villages, towns and cities.
The UK, in its travel advice warns its citizens of the risk of terrorist attack around religious festivals. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in the Federal Capital Territory area during this period and advised it citizens to avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.
A statement by police spokesman Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja notes that as a result of recent Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in Adamawa and Borno States, the Inspector General has ordered all Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General and personnel nationwide to be on red alert with effect from November 21, 2017.