BY TOM MOSES
UYO—Following threats of attack on major institutions, including the University of Uyo, in Akwa-Ibom State, by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, visitors to the state are now being subjected to stop and search by security agencies.
Vanguard learnt, yesterday, that the new security measure is to ensure that suspected terrorists do not carry out their attacks in the state.
Aside from the stop and search exercise, security had already been beefed up around major institutions and strategic roads in the state capital, Uyo.
It was gathered that since the rumours of threat filtered into the town, security operatives have been placed on red alert, while residents and visitors have been living in fear of the unknown.
Already, there has been an unusual military presence on some major roads, especially the IBB Way and some Hausa-Fulani locations, including the Nasarawa Livestock Market on Uyo Village Road, Itam and other settlements
Security sources linked the unusual military surveillance in the state capital to the alleged recent seizure of a large consignment of arms brought into the state in a truck loaded with cows.
“The suspects were apprehended by the military suicide squad and taken to the Ibawa Military Barracks in Abak Local Government Area of the state,” a source said.
The development has evoked tension in the state, compelling security officials to take remedial steps to check insurgency in some institutions believed to be the targets of attack by the Islamists sect.
The Chief Security Officer, CSO, of the University of Uyo, Lt. Col. N. Efik, confirmed that the institution was one of the targets listed for attack by the Boko Haram insurgents and warned students to be more security conscious as they resumed for the new semester.