World Economic Forum: Police beef up security at Nigeria’s gateways

The police say they have taken measures to beef up security at gateways to the country in preparation for the arrival of delegates to the forthcoming Economic Forum in Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, said in Abuja on Wednesday that security had also been beefed up at the proposed venue of the forum.

Mba said that adequate security arrangements had been made at the designated hotels and guest houses where the delegates would be accommodated.

“We will ensure that the participants at the summit get the best in terms of security. The first thing we have done is actually to strengthen the security at all the gateways to the nation.

“This is predicated on the fact that the conference is an international summit and that a lot of dignitaries will be coming from outside Nigeria.

“These dignitaries will either come in through the international land borders or by air and they may come by the sea if they choose to,’’ he said.

Mba said the police had already deployed adequate sniffer dogs and handlers to the airports with a directive to pay special attention to things that could pose insecurity.

He listed those things to include; Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), drugs and other dangerous weapons.

“We are also strengthening security not only in Abuja but also in other capital cities where we know some of the visitors may want to visit. Cities that can also act as transit points like Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano, where there are international airports.

“The police will be working with other security agencies like Department of State Services (DSS), the military and other law enforcement agencies, we are comparing notes and sharing intelligence,’’ he said.

Mba warned criminals, terrorists and all undesirable elements to stay clear of the FCT.

“We just want to reassure Nigerians and members of the international community that we are equal to the task of providing security for the summit,” he said.

The World Economic Summit is scheduled to hold in Abuja between May 7 and May 9.

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