…says will review US security advisory
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has ordered the Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, heads of tactical squads domiciled in the nation’s capital, and other State Command CPs to restrategize security management within their jurisdictions, in response to the security alert by the US Embassy.
The IGP also announced the immediate commencement of a Counter Terrorism Incident Simulation Exercise codenamed “Operation Darkin Gaggawa” which will hold within the Force Headquarters and the Police Officers Wives Association School Abuja, between Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October, 2022.
The IGP in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi, explained that the exercise will involve diversion of traffic, use of blank ammunition, and other operational manpower and assets, and is designed to improve interoperability and synergy between different Units and Formations of the Force in response to terrorist incidents and other violent crimes.
The IGP urged the general public not to panic at the sounds of explosives and gunshots during the exercise.
He also said that the Police Force will review the U.S security and will continually avail personnel required support, logistics, and deployments necessary for providing safety to all and sundry in Nigeria; while working with other security agencies to make every part of Nigeria safe, especially the FCT.
“The Nigeria Police Force hereby reassures Nigerians and all other residents and visitors in the country that it will effectively review the United States of America Embassy in Abuja’s security advisory which was issued, widely circulated, and published by the media on October 23rd, 2022, indicating an elevated risk of terror attacks in the country, particularly in the capital city of Abuja.
“A review of the advisory is necessary due to the fact that Police, as the lead agency in internal security, will not take any threat intelligence, either actionable or not, for granted; thus, there is no cause for alarm as all hands are on deck to collectively nip threats in the bud.
” the statement read.
The IGP reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensuring safety of lives and property within the country via the effective deployment of tactical and operational assets for effective intelligence gathering and proactive policing. He further reassures Nigerians of a safe and secured country for all.