NASS beefs up security
ABUJA — In the aftermath of the suicide bombing of the Police Force Headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday, the National Assembly, NASS, management has beefed up security in and outside its complex.
Vanguard checks indicate that the General car park hosting the mace of the Assembly has been evacuated of all vehicles and objects suspected could develop into a time bomb.
The left and right wings of the hallowed building had fire brigades trucks stationed and men of the Police Force and other security agencies standing at alert including the security outfit of NASS management.
The evacuated vehicles were moved to the annex park that was hardly put in use because it was previously cordoned off for security reasons but became handy as it is smaller and could be managed by security personnel easily compared to the vast general car park.
At the entry point of the complex adjoining Shehu Shagari Road harbouring the complex and the Force headquarters that the suicide bombing took place was heavily policed by both mobile police men and other security agencies.
The complex which is located less than 10 poles away from the scene of the bombing on Thursday had its security arrangements changed immediately before the inauguration of the 7th Assembly earlier this month but the recent bombing has led to further beefing up of the security network of the building.
It would be recalled that the suicide bombing the first of its kind in this clime has been condemned by many Nigerians who attributed it to the lapses in the security network of the security agencies.
Rep Zakari Mohammed told the Vanguard that “”it was unfortunate that our security agencies just exposed their in competences with this ugly development in the country, no stone should be left unturned until the suspects are brought to justice.”
Also Rep Victor Asamaogene condemned the act in all ramifications but quickly pointed out that “the issue here that must be addressed now is the novelty of the bombing style which has been alien to us.”
“”The security agencies should wake up from their slumber and act fast to checkmate the situation before it blows out of proportion.
MMA tightens security
Security in sensitive areas of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and its environ will be tightened as a result of the deadly bomb explosion that rocked the nation’s police headquarters in Abuja Thursday.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the decision to introduce new security measures was taken after a crucial meeting was held by authorities at the presidential lounge located at the local wing of the local airport.
Equally, the airport police commissioner, Moses Onireti has appealed to airport users to bear with the latest additional security measures that will be introduced saying the measures were for safety of all.
The measures which include adequate screening and patrol ,Onireti said will continue till further notice.
The meeting summoned by the head of foreign affairs at the Presidential Wing of the airport, Saturday Vanguard learnt, agreed that the presidential lounge at the local wing of the airport which represents the state annex has now become a no-go area to anyone who does not have any permission to be there, just as security apparatus there have been increased.
Under the new arrangements reeled out by security officials in charge of the lounge; cars can no longer be parked overnight at the car park at the lounge to avoid a situation where any undesirable element may hide under the guise of parking cars at the central park to perpetrate evil.
Besides this, security personnel manning the gate leading to the state annex have beefed up security as they screen people coming into the lounge while the few cars that are allowed in are thoroughly searched.
Also, security has been extended to the Ikeja end of the airport where stern looking police men were seen frisking people.
Even within the airport, policemen, including officers from anti-bomb units, were fully on ground combing every area for any suspicious item.
At the MMA2 terminal managed by Bi Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), as early as 8. am, a team of anti- bomb squared were screening cars going in to the three storey car park with bomb detector s and scanners.
The security procedure, however, created a long queue that extended beyond the entrance of the terminal to Arik Air main gate.
It was also gathered that the aviation authorities have ordered additional security measures to be introduced around the sterile areas of the airport with more searches to be conducted on passengers and travellers.
The authorities however appealed to travellers to understand the reasons behind the development.
The police headquarters which was bombed on Thursday is within the vicinity of the Three-Arm Zone that houses the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Aso Rock Villa and the National Assembly.