Nigerian police beef up security in capital Abuja with more staff

Nigerian police have deployed additional troops around Abuja to bolster security for “critical national assets and vulnerable installations”, its spokesman said on Tuesday, days after local reports of an attack at a police station. control near the capital. Africa’s most populous nation faces growing insecurity due to an Islamist insurgency in the northeast, kidnappings for ransom in the northwest and armed criminal gangs that roam the country.

Local newspapers reported last Thursday that suspected Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint in an area bordering Abuja and Niger State, killing soldiers. Nigeria’s military and police did not respond to requests for comment on the reported attack.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the National Spokesperson for the Nigerian Police (NPF), said in a statement that Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba had allayed residents’ fears over “recent perceived security threats”, that he would not is not detailed. Adejobi said the NPF was deploying “additional police officers and operational assets to the Federal Capital Territory and surrounding areas to enhance the security and protection of the lives and property of its residents, critical national assets and facilities.” vulnerable”.

Nigeria has more than 350,000 police officers, which security analysts say is not enough to provide adequate security in the country of more than 200 million people. Last month, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a daring raid on a Nigerian prison in Abuja that freed around 440 inmates, raising fears that insurgents were venturing out of their enclaves in the northeast.

The prison break shocked residents of the capital and President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation. Some of the detainees have since been arrested.

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