The Central Bank of Nigeria issued a security advisory with guidelines on how to protect themselves and their families following a letter to staff from the Department of Security Services.
The letter with the subject “Security Advisory” written to CBN staff, dated April 28, 2021, was from the Director of the Security Services Department with reference number SSD / BSO / INT / UCD / 01/072.
The internal memo was intended for all bank staff.
The letter read, “We are writing to advise all staff to take note of the high security alert state across the country and the need to be especially careful in their daily activities. Security intelligence reports informed of the planned unwanted elements to infiltrate various parts of the country, particularly state capitals and the CTF, with the intention of perpetrating crimes of kidnapping and kidnapping against. ransom or as recruited for terrorism.
“It is strongly suspected that these activities are likely to be carried out in the evening and at night. It is in light of the above that all staff are encouraged to take note of the following: Exercise extra caution at home, at work en route, or in other places with more attentive to activities suggesting abnormal events in order to avoid being a victim.
“Limit all social commitments to those that are absolutely necessary.
“Get out of the house immediately after office hours and take special care to ensure that the houses are sufficiently secure with reinforced doors and locks.
“Avoid public drinking places and restaurants after hours.
“Keep a low profile and be as low key as possible.
“Branches will close during official hours to allow staff to return home.
“Avoid travel (air or road) unless absolutely necessary and contact security officials at the place of travel for further advice
“Keep the relevant phone numbers or security agencies handy for you and other family members. “
Likewise, on Wednesday, the Home Office ordered the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps to work with other security agencies to deploy its operatives to airports across the country in the face of looming security threats received by the services. intelligence.
The ministry, in a note dated April 15 obtained by SaharaReporters, gave this directive to the comptroller general of the NSCDC who was charged with liaising with other security agencies to suppress the threats.
Information on security threats around the country’s airports came from information from the Office of the National Security Advisor and was shared with the ministry.
The Home Office, through its Joint Services Department, wrote the letter, dated April 15, to the GC, titled “Re: Looming Threat of Attack on Nation’s Airports.” “
It was signed by the director of the department, PO Egbodo, on behalf of the minister.
The note reads: “I am invited to transmit herewith a letter from the Office of the National Security Advisor with reference NSA / 366 / S dated April 6, 2021, on the above subject and to ask you ensure liaison and partnership with all airports. national leadership and other stakeholders to improve existing security measures around the country’s airports in the meantime to prevent such threats. Please accept the assurances of warm greetings from the Minister.
On April 12, the federal government first sounded the alarm about the planned attacks on certain major airports in the federation.
The Aviation Ministry, in a note to airport security chiefs, said criminals were planning to knock on the entrance gates to Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto and Kano.