Insecurity: ECOWAS Issues Security Alert To Staff

The ECOWAS Commission has alerted its staff over plans by criminal elements to attack state capitals and also the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

It said plans are on the way for the recruitment into terrorism and also the abduction for ransom.

ECOWAS in a statement titled, ‘Security advisory on the current security situation in the country’ and signed by the ECOWAS Commissioner for General Administration and Conference, Vafolay Tulay advised its staff to limit social engagements and avoid going out at night after work hours.

Part of the statement read: “There is a heightened sense of insecurity sweeping across Nigeria lately.

“Intelligence reports warn of plans by undesirable elements to infitrate various parts of the nation, particularly state capitals including Abuja with the view to perpetrate crimes such as abductions and kidnappings for ransom, or as means of getting recruits for terrorist activites.

“Staff are therefore strongly advised to be extra careful as they go about their daily activities.

“Be extra careful when using a rented vehicle to stay safe and secure.

“Kindly observe the following: Maintain environmental awareness on your route to, and from work; watch out for anything abnormal around your surroundings, avoid and report same immediately, limit social engagements as much as possible and avoid going out at night.”

ECOWAS also advised staff to limit in-country travels as much as possible, whether by road or by air.

“Take appropriate security measures when approaching a checkpoint.

“Be ready to take anti-ambush/counter surveillance measures always, and be vigilant at places of worship, markets, motor parks, filling stations, including shopping malls,” the commission added.

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