Ahead of Friday, May 29 presidential inauguration of the incoming administration of president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, thousand of security operatives have taken over key and strategic areas in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Nigerian Pilot observed that roads leading to security formations, government’s institutions such as the National Assembly complex, the Supreme Court complex as well as Federal Secretariat complex have been adequately protected with heavy deployment of security operatives.
Apart from the visible uniform operatives from the police and the armed forces, secret operatives from the department of state services, DSS, national intelligence agency, NIA and police-on-mufti, have been deployed to all the six area councils of the federal capital territory, FCT.
It was also gathered that all security chiefs have been holding series of meetings to discuss how their operatives will synergize for the Friday event.
Already, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase last week ordered zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, CPs to beef up security around all key and vulnerable points nationwide.
The IGP also issued operational mandate to state CPs for the inauguration of governors-elect across the states.
But due to series of security meetings at the weekend, it was gathered that the IGP has directed that the anti-bomb squads of the police should takeover hotels booked for the visiting heads of governments and other invited guests for the presidential inauguration.
The police chief last weekend directed that filling stations, major hotels, National and State Houses of Assembly, Eagle Square and other public places should be protected ahead of the handover to a new administration.
According to a statement by Force PRO, Emmanuel Ojukwu, Arase’s directive was necessary to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on various installations and public places ahead of the inauguration.

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