Tight security in FCT, Kwara as Muslims celebrate sallah

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Police IG Ibrahim Idris

Adelani Adepegba and Success Nwogu

There was tight security at the various eid prayer
grounds in the Federal Capital Territory and Ilorin,

the Kwara State capital, on Monday as Muslim
faithful marked the Eid-el-Kabir.
Policemen from the Police Mobile Force, Counter-
Terrorism Units and the Explosive Ordinance
Department were deployed in the prayer grounds
to foil any plot by nefarious elements.
Armed policemen were also seen at strategic
points around the FCT, including mobile patrol
teams at major street junctions and locations in
Abuja.

One of our correspondents, who went round the
FCT, observed security operatives, including men
of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,
Department of State Services’ personnel, and
Federal Road Safety Corps’ officers at all the prayer
grounds.
At Kubwa, a satellite town in the FCT, security was
tight as policemen screened those who came to
participate in the eid prayers.
The men of the FRSC were seen regulating and
controlling vehicular traffic along the Kubwa-Zuba
Expressway during the prayers.
A similar situation was observed at the main eid
prayer ground along the Airport Road, Abuja, where
security operatives maintained a watchful presence
on hundreds of Muslim faithful who converged on
the place for prayers.
Besides policemen, the prayer ground at the NYSC
Junction along the Kubwa-Zuba Expressway was
also guarded by some Sharia officers attired in
brown uniform and blue berets.
The FCT Command Police Public Relations Officer,
Manza Anjuguri, said there was no incident during
the special sallah operation, noting that everything
was free of crisis.
“It was a successful operation for the police. There
was no incident or violence. Our men were on duty
at all the prayer grounds where they screened the
faithful and provided security for everyone,” he
said on the telephone.
Also in Ilorin, there was a high presence of
security operatives at the prayer grounds as
Muslim faithful observed the Eid-el-Kabir prayers
on Monday.
Personnel of the Nigerian Army, DSS, police, FRSC,
Nigerian Immigration Service, NSCDC, Nigeria
Prison Service, other paramilitary agencies and
Nigerian Vigilance Group were seen at the prayer
arenas and major junctions in the state providing
security.
The prayer ended peacefully in Ilorin, where there
was apprehension that it could be disrupted and
dignitaries embarrassed.
Reports from across the state, as of the time of
filing the report, indicated that the prayers also
ended peacefully.
The Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Kwara
State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed; the
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali
Ahmad; the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-
Gambari, and the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Basiru
Mohammed, were among the dignitaries that
attended the prayers at the Ilorin Yidi prayer
ground.
Earlier, Saraki had distributed empowerment
materials said to be worth about N250m to
selected beneficiaries across the 16 local
government areas of the state.
The Director-General, Mandate Constituency office,
Mr. Abdulwahab Issa, said the beneficiaries
included women associations, taxi drivers
associations, Hausa, Igbo, Suru and Fulani groups;
members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Nigeria
Labour Congress, Nigeria Association of Local
Government Employees, and Ilorin Emirate
Descendants Progressive Union.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Amore,
said the heavy presence of security operatives was
a normal security measure to ensure peaceful
prayers and celebrations.

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