The police said on Saturday it has uncovered a plot to attack the
Abuja transport network. The force said in a statement that the plot could be carried out by suicide bombers, using devices concealed in luggage at major bus stations.
In the statement issued, “They are planned to be perpetrated through suicide bombings, or
through the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed
in luggage, bags, cans, and other receptacles.’’
It called on the people of the territory to be vigilant and report any
suspicious persons, objects, movements or activities to the
security forces promptly.
The statement, however, enjoined them not to panic as security
forces were working round the clock to neutralise and effectively
deal with the threat.
It called on the various managements of motor parks to strengthen
security at the parks and take measures to ensure the safety of
travelers as part of efforts to forestall the intended attacks.
The statement advised them to constantly scan their environments
and carry out a thorough search on passengers and their bags as
well as vehicles entering and leaving parks.
It further advised that such search must have the active
participation of passengers and warned that any item or luggage
unaccompanied by any passenger must be rejected out rightly.
“Passengers are also enjoined to be on the lookout for any
passenger, who might come in with luggage but will attempt to
disembark without such luggage’’ it said.
It asked the operators to discourage overnight parking of vehicles
at motor parks, particularly by unknown persons, and advised
workers at parks to reduce congestion by disallowing the
indiscriminate parking of private cars.
Abuja has increasingly been targeted by Boko Haram sect, with
three deadly bombings since April, including one in a bus park that
killed at least 75 people, Reuters says.
“Credible intelligence indicates that terrorists have perfected a plot
to carry out attacks on the Abuja transport sector. The move is
intended to cause panic amongst Abuja residents and visitors,”
police spokesman, Frank Mba, said in a statement.
However, the police can be reached on this numbers FCT Police Control
Room – 07057337653, Force Intelligence Bureau Operations Room
– 08139379245, 08075650624
It said that the force could also be reached on the National
Emergency Line: 112.