Following the security alerts issued by the US, UK and other Countries warning their citizens about possible terrorist attacks in Northern Nigeria this Easter, the various Nigerian security agencies have beefed up security in the affected regions.
Taking action is the Niger State Police Command which has deployed an additional 1,000 police officers from its Minna headquarters to step up security at some flashpoints in Suleja Local Government Area of the state.
Mrs. Deseye Nsirim, the Niger State Commissioner of Police, informed newsmen about this development yesterday in Minna shortly after her familiarisation tour of area commands in Suleja, Tarfa and Agwara Local Government Areas of the state.
The Police Commissioner guaranteed residents of the state that adequate security would be provided for Christian and Muslim alike throughout the Easter celebrations to avoid any breach of peace.
Also, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Kano State has declared that security forces are on top of situation in the city stressing there would be no cause for alarm during and after the Easter celebrations in the state and its environs.
Lt. Ikediche Iweha, the JTF spokesperson was yesterday quoted saying that JTF had made remarkable progress in its battle against terrorism in the city, adding that the JTF had adopted a strategy to sustain the current tempo.
“We have made serious in-road in our quest to contain terrorists and their extremist tendencies in Kano; and we have every reason to beat our chests that we are on top of the situation,” Lt. Iweha said.
He added that Kano like any other part of this country needed peace to realize its potential.
According to him, the JTF was doing its best to ensure we put paid to the menace of extremism for good.
Lt. Iweha also asked residents of the city to remain law abiding as their support and cooperation were vital to the overall success of the war against terror.
In Maiduguri, the JTF said it killed two Boko Haram members and had detained a third yesterday during a raid on their hideout where the suspects were plotting attacks on Christians this weekend.
Security had been scaled up in Maiduguri, the focal point of Boko Haram attacks.
On Wednesday, Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen opened fire on Christian traders at a busy market in Maiduguri killing 11 people and wounding several others. Just before the attack, gunmen shot dead an electronics technician on a popular city street.
Reverend Faye Pama said local Christians are celebrating this year’s Easter in a low mood.
”Of course you know the killings have been on and many lives have been lost. You know even the day before yesterday, there were the killings in the market, so we are celebrating low-key,” the Reverend said.