Buhari Government Issues Security Alert Ahead Of Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary
The Nigerian government has issued a public warning about increased security activities in the run-up to the country’s 61st Independence Day on October 1.
This was stated in a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and released in Abuja on Friday.
Residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs should not be alarmed, according to the Minister.
He advised them to continue with their lawful activities.
Residents should report any suspicious activity to the appropriate security agencies, he said.
Insurgency, assassinations, kidnappings, and other criminal activities are all on the rise in Nigeria, with insurgency, assassinations, kidnappings, and other criminal activities affecting many parts of the country.
Bandits have been attacking schools and kidnapping students with an alarming level of impunity.
With the bandit invasion of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna on August 24, 2021, demonstrating how dire the situation has become, even military facilities are not safe. Two officers were killed and a Major was kidnapped during the invasion.
Residents are urged to contact security agencies at 09-6305396, 08031230631, 08032003557, and 122 to report suspicious persons or movements, according to the statement.
Trailer, Tanker Drivers Protest in Niger, Lock Down Bida
The protests, which began on Thursday, have resulted in truckers blocking all major routes leading from Bida to Minna, the state capital.
The state government has closed the Minna-Bida road as a result of the road’s reconstruction, which began more than a year ago.
The drivers used their vehicles to block the road from the Cirico junction and other exits in the town starting at noon on Thursday, making it impossible for motorists to access the Bida-Minna road.
The gridlock caused by tanker and trailer drivers has stretched to about eight kilometres between Bida and Agaie and more than ten kilometres between Bida and Ilorin.
Most employees of the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, which is located along the Bida- Agaie-Lapai road, we’re unable to get to work on Friday morning.
Commercial motorcyclists, who can manoeuvre through the gridlock, charge exorbitant fares to transport commuters to various locations throughout the city.
Also, smaller vehicles now pass through the School of Nursing in Bida to access the Agaie-Lapai road, either for the journey to Minna or Suleja, and as a result of the longer route they must take, commercial vehicle owners, charge an extra N1,000 for fueling their vehicles.
Alhaji Alhassan Salisu, a spokesman for the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTDA) in Bida, told THISDAY that the blockade will continue until the government opens the Bida-Minna road.
“We cannot continue to bear with them because we are suffering too,” Salisu said, adding that the government initially pleaded with them to bear with it for two weeks, then two months, and now one year.
“Apart from the security risk, even the Bida-Lambatta road that we used to pass through is now impassable,” Salisu said.
All attempts to reach government officials for comment on the situation were unsuccessful, but Ejes Gist has learned that the government will not reopen the Bida-Minna road to heavy utility vehicles for the time being.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, according to reports, has ordered that the failed portions of the Lambretta-Bida road be graded to make it passable for heavy-duty vehicles.