Fear of terror attack spreads across southwestern Nigeria

The Ekiti State Police is the latest security agency to announce that it has started to tighten security in the state’s border towns amid reports of an imminent terror attack. Morounkeji Adesina, the state police commissioner, said command is not treating the alarm lightly, although it is yet to be confirmed. He said that he had ordered the expansion of security in all border towns in collaboration with other sister agencies and local security architectures. He said his agents were also keeping an eye on some suspicious forests across the state so they wouldn’t be caught off guard. “We received the alert like any other Nigerian, but we did not treat it lightly, despite considering it a mere rumour,” Adesina told reporters in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday. “My men and officers are responding accordingly.” Fears of a terrorist attack, which had already hit the federal capital Abuja several times, have gradually spread across southwestern Nigeria. The fear came after rumors of terrorist infiltration in the region’s forests surfaced last week on social media. Gani Adams, the leader of the O’dua People’s Congress, also raised the alarm last week that bandits had infiltrated some extensive forests in Oyo, Ondo and Osun states. On Sunday, Lagos police said their officers had been placed on alert following reports of a planned attack by gunmen from border communities. A day earlier, the State Security Services (SSS) arrested a suspected Boko Haram leader posing as a security man in Abeokuta, Ogun state. joint operation Mr. Adeshina said that the police are working with the SSS, the NSCDC, local hunters and the Amotekun body. “We are not alone in the operation,” he said. “We needed to strengthen the borders because the bandits will not just fly into the woods, they will travel down the highways into the state and I think we have done enough in terms of security at our borders. ALSO READ: Terrorists kill four, kidnap 30 residents in Zamfara attack “I call on our people to help us with useful information. If you suspect any strange movement in any of the forests, let us know so we can act quickly.” Adesina further allayed residents’ fears, saying the interagency safety nets being built across the six southwestern states were strong enough to nip any emergency in the bud. Bandits ambushed and killed three policemen and five local vigilantes in Ajaokuta on Sunday, prompting an immediate reaction from the Kogi state government. The terrorists launched sustained attacks in Abuja after killing the Guards Brigade men. The June 5 attack in Owo, Ondo State, where 41 people lost their lives, is still fresh in the minds of many residents and the current threat is creating an eerie calm. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Fear of terror attack spreads across southwestern Nigeria