• Jonathan takes President-elect on State House tour today
  • Security beefed up around FCT

johnaPREPARATIONS for the swearing-in of
President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,
reached a crescendo yesterday, as both the
police and other security agents tightened
security at the Eagle Square, venue of the
ceremony and the Federal Capital Territory,
As part of activities lined up for the event,
outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan, will
today take Buhari round the State House to
enable the President-elect familiarise himself
with the Presidential Villa.
The informal handover of power to Buhari
will also take place today at a dinner where
President Jonathan will present the handover
notes to him to pave way for official
ceremony at the Eagle Square.
Already, the venue of the ceremony where
the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice
Mahmud Mohammed would administer the
oath of allegiance and oath of office on the
President-elect have been set.
The routes leading to Eagle Square and
other major roads in the FCT have also worn
new looks with the National Flag dotting
The Federal Government has also
shutdown the Federal Secretariat and
adjoining buildings, which are a few metres
away from the venue of the swearing-in.
Also, armed policemen, plain-clothes
operatives, bomb squad and sniffer dogs
have been deployed in the major streets
and busstops as well as the Eagle Square to
ensure maximum security for dignitaries and
other Nigerians coming for the inauguration.
Apparently to ensure that their operations
are not hindered by hitches in fuel supply,
scores of patrol vehicles of different security
organisations, yesterday took over some
filling stations in Wuse and Berger areas of
the FCT for several hours to fill their tanks for
the presidential inauguration.
In a statement issued yesterday by the
Force Public Relations Officer, Acting
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel
Ojukwu, he said the security agency
was ready for a hitch-free presidential
Ojukwu said the Inspector-General of
Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, had ordered
the diversion of traffic on all roads around
the Eagle Square and tight security at hotels,
key and vulnerable places within the FCT.
The police boss also ordered the mounting
of Tactical Operation Points on all roads
leading in and out of the FCT. He said: “The Nigeria Police Force apologises
for the inconveniences these arrangements may
cause motorists and members of the public.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that a week to the May
29 handover date, the IGP had ordered Zonal
Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs
and Command Commissioners of Police, CPs to
beef up security around all key and vulnerable
points, as well as critical infrastructure like
mega filling stations, major hotels, national/
State Houses of Assembly, and Eagle Square,
among others.
Ojukwu said the measure is designed to ward
off possible plans by insurgents to carry out
widespread violence and coordinated attacks
on these installations and public places ahead
of May 29, 2015, with a view to undermining
presidential/ governorship inauguration/
swearing- in ceremonies in the country.
The Police High Command enjoined
members of the public to remain steadfast in
collaborating with its officers and men and
other security agencies to stamp out crimes
and in their war against terror, adding that the
Police have perfected strategies for a safe and
secure ground for hitch-free inauguration/
swearing-in nationwide.
Nigerian Pilot observed that scores of security
patrol vehicles from the police, Armed Forces
and other paramilitary services queued up at
petrol stations since Tuesday night to fill their
It was learnt that some of the patrol vehicles
would leave Abuja yesterday to some
neighbouring state capitals where gubernatorial
inaugurations are holding same day with the
presidential exercise.
Anti-bomb squad of the Police Force,
Nigerian Pilot learnt, have been dispatched to
state capitals across the federation.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps,
FRSC, yesterday asked residents of the FCT
and other Nigerians not to panic over traffic
gridlock during and after the swearing-in
Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the
FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the corps
will take care of the situation, adding that the
Commission has deployed about 60 patrol cars
and 40 motorcycles for traffic control in Abuja.
He said that the FCT command has
commenced night patrol to ensure free
vehicular movement during the period.
In an interview with newsmen after a
stakeholders’ forum on the implementation
of Maximum Road Speed Limiter, MRSL, for
vehicles, Oyeyemi stated that commanding
officers in the states have been directed to work
with state governments where inauguration
will take place, noting that states which are
involved in the programme are already part of
the planning committee in Abuja.
According to him, “There is influx of people
into the territory gradually, the traffic is building
up, and with this, it is our responsibility to
ensure that we work with the other agencies to
reduce the crashes and ensure that everybody
drives to stay alive

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