Government allays fears of attack on Abuja

The Nigerian government has allayed fears of any attack by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly called Shiites on residents of the Federal capital Territory FCT, Abuja.

Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau said adequate measures were being taken to ensure the safety of lives and property of all residents of Abuja.

He advised residents to discard any form of alert on an impending attack.

Law and order is something that we must ensure that it exists within our society and the FCT Minister is very much aware of the security situation in the territory and he is on top of it. Furthermore, because of what happened of recent, the Commissioner of Police and the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the FCT are all handling the situation; but the issue of some people attacking the FCT or not, I think it is something that we have to be very cautious about, especially where such information is emanating from. If there is something like that, residents of Abuja will be informed officially by government, he said.

The Minister also announced that the cabinet approved a contract of eight rapid intervention vehicles for the Federal Fire Service, worth two hundred and eighty eight million naira.

We have a contract approved for eight rapid intervention vehicles for the Federal Fire Service at the cost of N288, 800, 000 million and the period of delivery is within eight weeks. They are smaller fire fighting vehicles that can manoeuvre within markets and other tight areas in response to emergencies, he stated.

Danbazau said the Ministry also got approvals for the purchase of more fire fighting trucks for the Fire Service, as well as motorcycles for the Nigerian Immigration Service.

We also got approval for the purchase of 20 fire fighting trucks for high rise buildings at the cost of N4.5 billion. The other approval we got was for the purchase of 288 motorcycles for the Immigration Service, for border patrol and security at N166, 961, 000. This is to augment other border patrol vehicles that the Immigration Service has. They will be used in certain areas where our vehicles cannot go, the Interior Minister explained.

Source: Voice of Nigeria