In an apparent move to forestall a reoccurrence of last year’s Christmas day in a Catholic church in Madala, Niger state, heavily armed men of the Nigerian Army on Monday took over the security of strategic places in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The uniformed men were sighted at places like Maitama around the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Mogashisu Barrack, Area 10 as well as Airport road and Kubwa express road.
The fierce looking soldiers who also stationed their lorries at each of the check point were conducting stop and search on motorists a situation which caused heavy traffic jam across the city.
While some motorists were allowed to go without being checked those motorists in babanriga outfit, wearing heavy beard as well as those with sun shade glasses were made to stop, open their car booth and bonnet for any possible explosive device.
The stop and search exercise it was gathered was to nip in the bud any attempt by the Boko Haram group to wreck any havoc in the nation’s capital.
The exercise came barely 24 hours the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed flagged off a special security task force for the yuletide period.
The Minister had at the weekend alongside the FCT Police Command and other security operatives raided some flash points in the city after about 200 motorcycles were impounded.
This was as men of Nigeria Police were also sighted mounting security at some strategic places in the city.
Abuja has been one of the prime targets of suicide bombers after the October 1st bombing during the Golden jubilee celebration of the nation in 2010.
Akinwale gang, Abuja