Boko Haram threat: FBI, FCID watch Lagos

2011-09-24
SUN Newspaper- Vivian Onyebukwa

Following fears of bomb blasts, operatives of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have teamed up with Nigerian detectives to draw up a programme that would ensure the security of Lagos, the former federal capital, and other key cities in the country.

Sources in the police told Saturday Sun that the FBI agents are working with detectives in the monitoring team of Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Hafiz Ringim and the Force Criminal Investigative Department, Alagbon Close, Lagos.

It was gathered that the team, headed by the national regional security officer of the US Embassy, in Lagos, has been analysing facts about Boko Haram, the dreaded group which has claimed responsibility for some of the bomb blasts across the country.
The source revealed that FBI is of the opinion that the Nigerian security has not done much to arrest the spate of bombings in the country until recently, when the United Nations building in Abuja was attacked.

It was gathered that the security team involving the FBI has made recommendations to the government on how to go about securing major cities in the country.
The team is said to have got the commitment of government to get the cooperation of police and defence authorities in its work.

In line with this, it was gathered, the team has written to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubike Ihejirika, and the Inspector General of Police, seeking their cooperation and compliance in the recommendations made.
In Lagos, it was learnt, the team has recommended that some roads on Victoria Island, especially where embassies are located, be closely watched and monitored. To ensure effective monitoring of the roads, it was learnt, the security team has recommended that some of the roads be made one way traffic, so that it will be easy for monitoring. It is not clear which roads would be affected by press time.
Saturday Sun also revealed that the security team has placed surveillance on Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, which plays host to some embassies and banks as well as leads to Walter Carrington Crescent, habouring the US, embassy, British High Commission and other embassies.

Also, close watch is being put on a link way, by the waterfront, connecting the car park on Walter Carrington Crescent.
In Abuja, the team also recommended surveillance on Maitama District, hosting embassies and other important building.
Saturday Sun gathered that for discrete operation, the security team recommended that soldiers should be sparingly used in security, as their uniform gives them away. Instead, the team wants intelligence agents to be used, for intelligence gathering, while soldiers and mobile policemen should be used for arrests and busts operations.

 

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