Nigeria: tension among security agencies as terrorists plan another prison attack

    There is palpable tension among security agencies following intelligence reports that terrorists are planning to launch another attack on a correctional centre in the South West part of Nigeria.

    The intelligence report, it was gathered, contains the fact that the attack will be carried out any moment from now.

    This information, coming just days after the attack on the Medium Security Prison in Kuje, Abuja, which the Islamic State of West Africa Province claimed it carried out, has generated tension among different personnel of the country’s security agencies.

    Determined to avert the attack, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, and other Service Chiefs have started brainstorming and beefing up security around correctional centre facilities, especially in Ondo and Lagos States.

    Security sources told our reporter that at least 70 militiamen armed with AK47 rifles, along with a cache of ammunition and other sophisticated weapons are going to launch the attack.

    It was further alleged that the militia group will be teaming up with another militia group from Niger Republic for the imminent attack.

    The security forces are already apprehensive and believe that some of the militiamen were camping in the riverine areas of Ogun, Ondo, and Lagos States, waiting for the call to battle.

    The Service Chiefs agreed that aside from scaling up security at correctional centres in the South West states, security organisations should be fortified.

    Senior personnel of security organisations have been instructed to fortify correctional centres and agencies’ infrastructure close to them at all costs.

    The different agencies have also agreed to team up in coordinating a 24-hour watch on correctional centres and security agencies’ infrastructure and ensure a thorough search of vehicles until further notice.

    Joint security forces have also been placed on alert as re-enforcement in case of emergency situations.


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    Evarist Chahali

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