Amid incessant attacks by bandits and terrorists on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigerian Army officials and policemen on Wednesday mounted roadblocks at entry points of the city, causing traffic congestion.
This is just as kidnappers on Wednesday demanded N300m for the release of lecturers and their relatives abducted at the University of Abuja on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, armed men stormed the University of Abuja, abducting six individuals including lecturers. Three days earlier, the vice principal of the Junior Secondary School, Yebu, in the Kwali Area Council of Abuja, was also abducted.
In what seemed like a direct consequence of the attacks, policemen and soldiers mounted roadblocks along entry and exit points to the FCT.
Motorists and commuters plying the Abuja-Keffi expressway were stranded as a result of the traffic snarl which was caused by the road block.
One of our correspondents learnt that the logjam started at Kugbo Mechanic Village and extended to Masaka near Keffi in Nasarawa state.
It was further learnt that the security operatives mounted road blocks at Bwari, Abaji, Zuba Tungun Maje and other entry and exit points into the nation’s capital to ensure the armed men do not invade the territory.
The FCT police spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, confirmed the renewed security strategy to one of our correspondents.
“The Inspector General of Police directed that we beef up security in and around the Federal Capital Territory which we are doing,” she said.
Also, in a statement on Wednesday, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Guards Brigade Abuja, Captain Godfrey Abakpa, said soldiers were on the street to prevent a security breach.
The statement read, “The Commander Guards Brigade Nigerian Army Brig Gen Muhammed Usman also described the attack on University of Abuja Staff Quarters as unfortunate, assuring that troops of the brigade have been deployed on a search and rescue operations to rescue the affected persons and apprehend the criminals.
“The Commander Guards Brigade Garrison, Lt Col Joshua Okwoli, Commanding Officer 7 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Salim Hassan and the Brigade Chief of Staff Lt Col Rilwan Bello all gave assurances that men and officers of the brigade are currently in the field across the federal capital to ensure that there is no security breach, calling on all responsible citizens to support the security agencies through timely and actionable information.
“The brigade senior officers said more technology is being deployed to aid the security agencies in several ongoing security operations within the environs calling further on all citizens to remain law abiding and conscious of the security situations in their various domains so as to assist the security agencies achieve the result of securing the federal capital.”