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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Boko Haram Attacks: Army Beefs Up Security in Abuja, Sets Up Special Force in Abuja

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The Nigerian Army has created a mobile Standby Force in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, to take charge of the security situation and prevent Boko Haram from gaining access into the city.
The force which is on red alert is ready to be deployed at a very short notice to flash points and respond to any security situation in the FCT and its environs.
Similarly, the army set up a special security operation codenamed, “Operation Restore Peace and Security in the Federal Capital Territory,” to effectively police the entire FCT.
To this end, soldiers have been deployed in all the flash points within Abuja and its environs to monitor activities of Boko Haram. The flash points include, Jabi motor park, Gwagwa, Gwagwalada, Abaji, Kuje, Marataba, Nyanya, Kugbo, Karmo, Zuba, Apo, Mpape, Suleja and Deidei among others.
Apart from mounting military checkpoints in all the entry and exit points into the FCT, military authorities also have checkpoints at Kuje, Airport Road, Gwagwalada, Suleja, Karmo, Nyanya/Karu Road, Karu, Gidan Mango, Karshi, Masaka and up to Keffi.
Although coming into Abuja from all these axis has become hectic due to the checkpoints, we hope and believe that this approach will help in the present security situation. 
Army sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that intelligence report revealed that the Boko Haram groups were planning to use other routes to penetrate the FCT, since the all the known motorable official routes are being manned by soldiers.
Apart from mounting military checkpoints in these vulnerable areas, the soldiers equally created search areas where they carry out stop and search by conducting search on suspecting vehicles and their occupants using bomb disposal equipment and sniffer dogs to clear their doubts.
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