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Security alert: We are more vigilant now – Motor park operators

Abuja – The prevailing terrorists activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has forced many motor park operators to be more vigilant and cautious.

Motor park managers, who spoke in separate interviews disclosed this following the recent security alert released by the police authority.

A visit to the Jabi, Peace and ABC parks observed that checks were conducted by screening people, luggage and cars with hand-held electronic metal detectors and car magnetometer security apparatus.

Mr David Okoroafor, Regional Manager of Peace Motor Company, said the management was very strict about the security in the park.

Okoroafor stated that the management had taken cognisance of the threat by terrorists to attack public places and was screening passengers and their luggage to ensure safety of lives and property.

He added that the threat had forced motor park operators to employ the services of security operatives.

“There is a police unit already in the park; this is part of the measures we have applied to reinforce our security in addition to our private security guards.

“We also screen the cars and pedestrians properly with our scan equipment to make sure that at least items carried by people are explosives-free,’’ he said.

Okoroafor stated that there was constant security presence in the park, adding that it would help to boost travellers’ confidence in the park.

He expressed shock over the recent bomb blast in the FCT and appealed to the relevant authorities to assist the company to evacuate illegal motor operators from its premises.

Mr Okonkwo Eugene, Assistant Manager of Ekesons Transport, told NAN that the management was operating in line with the security tips it was given during meeting with security operatives.

“We do not allow overnight parking of vehicles in our motor park, particularly by unknown persons.

“We constantly scan vehicles, conduct thorough search on passengers and their bags in our environment.

“If you take a thorough look, you will agree with me that there are no containers and abandoned vehicles in the park.

“These were the major security tips given to us by the security operatives at the meeting we had with them and we are working with that,’’ Eugene said.

Meanwhile, commuters at the Nyanya motor park have called on the FCT authorities to provide a modern park for them, adding that they were exposed to danger with the present situation.

On his part, Mr Emmanuel Eboh, a commuter, told NAN that: “I am not satisfied with the risks being faced by civil servants and other members of the public on the Nyanya axis.

“I urge the Federal Government and the FCT administration to provide a secured environment for commuters to board vehicles to the metropolis,’’ Eboh said. (NAN)


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