Security heightens at Abuja over terror alert

  • Airlines operate schedules

 

 

The Federal Government on Friday heightened security at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. This is not unconnected with an intelligence report from the United States of plans by terrorists to attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Security operatives were yesterday thrown around important public places like the airport, government facilities, and important places of gathering.

Many parts of the roads to the airport were seen manned by fierce-looking military and police. Near the airport, cars heading to the airport were screened and frisked while the suspicious movement was quickly intercepted amid thorough interrogation.

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The security alert by both the US and the United Kingdom had led to apprehension that some airlines may temporarily want to suspend flight operations to Abuja. But as of late yesterday, there were no signs that any international airline had indicated a willingness to halt operations in the city.

 

Aviation entrepreneur and General Sales Agent (GSA) to Rwandair and Air Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Femi Adefope said the two carriers operated out of Abuja today.

He equally stated that Ethiopian Airlines was boarding at the time he spoke with Aviation Metric. He also confirmed that security had been heightened at the Abuja airports and areas close to the Abuja aerodrome.

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The United States Department of State has issued a follow-up to a warning of a suspected imminent terror attack on strategic places in Abuja, Nigeria, putting its citizen on evacuation notice.

The first terror alert was issued on October 23, 2022, and, in its latest warning, the US said it was granting “authorised departure status” to American citizens and embassy staff.

In the latest alert released in the early hours of October 26, 2022, and posted on its Twitter page, the US said it had made arrangements to assist its citizens.

Before the issuance of “authorised departure status’’, the United States Department of State had on Sunday, October 23, 2022, warned citizens to remain indoors.

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Wole Shadare