IGP announces counter terrorism operation around Abuja in wake of US warning to its citizens

The Inspector-Basic of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has introduced a Counter Terrorism Incident Simulation Train codenamed “Operation Darkin Gaggawa”, in the Federal Capital Territory.

The announcement is approaching the heels of an alert by the USA Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, on doable terror assaults in the FCT.

The US Embassy, on Sunday, issued a warning to American nationals in Nigeria, over elevated danger of terror assaults in Abuja.

The alert learn: “There may be an elevated danger of terror assaults in Nigeria, particularly in Abuja. Targets could embrace, however aren’t restricted to, authorities buildings, locations of worship, faculties, markets, procuring malls, resorts, bars, eating places, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, legislation enforcement amenities, and worldwide organizations. The U.S. Embassy will provide decreased companies till additional discover.”

The Embassy urged US nationals to “keep away from all non-essential journey or motion; keep alert; keep away from crowds; evaluation your private safety plans and preserve your cellular phone charged in case of emergency; and carry correct identification.”

In the meantime, the Nigerian Police Pressure has reacted to the advisory, promising to strengthen safety in the nation’s capital.

In accordance to a press release issued on Monday by the Pressure Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police would launch a counterterrorism operation codenamed “Darkin Gaggawa”.

he IGP ordered the Commissioner of Police and heads of tactical squads in the FCT command, together with different State Command CPs “to restrategize safety administration inside their jurisdictions, because the Pressure Headquarters will regularly avail them with required help, logistics, and deployments needed for offering security to one and all in Nigeria.”

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He defined that the operation would contain diversion of visitors, use of clean ammunition, and different operational manpower and belongings.

The Police Chief promised to be proactive with intelligence experiences, together with the US Embassy alert, on doable terror assaults.

He additional defined that the counter terrorism operation “is designed to enhance interoperability and synergy between totally different Items and Formations of the Pressure in response to terrorist incidents and different violent crimes. The NPF thereby urges most people not to panic on the sounds of explosives and gunshots in the course of the train.”

The assertion reads additional: “The Nigeria Police Pressure hereby reassures Nigerians and all different residents and guests in the nation that it’ll successfully evaluation the USA of America Embassy in Abuja’s safety advisory which was issued, broadly circulated, and printed by the media on October twenty third, 2022, indicating an elevated danger of terror assaults in the nation, notably in the capital metropolis of Abuja. A evaluation of the advisory is critical due to the truth that Police, because the lead company in inner safety, won’t take any risk intelligence, both actionable or not, as a right; thus, there isn’t a trigger for alarm as all palms are on deck to collectively nip threats in the bud.

“In furtherance of his zeal and methods to decimate actions of non-state actors and different felony components in the FCT and different components of the nation, and to analyze and de-escalate threats gathered from varied intelligence on the Pressure’s disposal, U.S advisory inclusive, the IGP has introduced the rapid graduation of a Counter Terrorism Incident Simulation Train codenamed “Operation Darkin Gaggawa” will maintain inside the Pressure Headquarters and the Police Officers Wives Affiliation College reverse the Pressure Headquarters, Abuja, between Tuesday twenty fifth and Wednesday twenty sixth October, 2022.

Abuja has witnessed some terror assaults this yr, together with a jailbreak by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, in which over 60 terrorists had been free of the Kuje Jail.

By Oluwatobi Odeyinka

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