NIGERIA Police Force and National Space Research and Development Agency, NSRDA, have urged the public not to panic over the Annular Eclipse which will be experienced between 7:15am and 10:03am on Thursday, September 1, with slight variations in actual timing across the country. In a press statement by the head of Media and Corporate Communications, Dr Felix Ale, NSRDA appealed to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, urging them not to observe the eclipse with naked eyes, as this could cause damage. According to NSRDA, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, there will be a partial eclipse, with an obscurity of 60 percent, and the first contact at about 7:17am, with maximum eclipse at 8:32am and end at 10:00am. Also, it said Lagos will experience its first contact with the eclipse at 7:15am, with a maximum eclipse occurring at 8:32am and ending at about 10:00am. The agency added that it had arranged a viewing centre to enable members of the public, pupils and students from various schools to view the eclipse using specially designed viewing instruments provided by the space agency. The viewing centre, which has been set up by the agency, will be open to the public on Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 6:45am for pupils and students to observe the annular eclipse as part of its continuous programmes to expose Nigerians and students to matters concerning astronomical environment. Police assures watertight security Sequel to the meteorological report, police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have assured residents adequate security, even as it advised them to be vigilant as miscreants could take advantage of the situation to perpetrate criminal acts. The police also warned those contemplating to exploit the climatic condition for the purpose of committing crime to have a rethink about their plans, as anybody arrested in the act would be decisively dealt with in accordance with law. FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Anjuguri Manzah said in a statement yesterday that the Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa assured resident that the command had put in place adequate measures to provide water-tight security across FCT. The statement read in part: “Residents are also enjoined to report any suspicious movement around them at the nearest police station or contact the FCT Police Command 24/7 Emergency Help Lines on: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.”

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