Worried by the devastating security situation across Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has issued a stern security alert to its staff to be conscious of unusual activities around them, warning of plans by daredevils to infiltrate various parts of the country, particularly state capitals, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja inclusive, with the aim of perpetrating all manners of heinous crimes, such as abductions and kidnappings for ransom, or as means of getting recruits for terrorist activities.
An ECOWAS internal memo signed by its commissioner for General Administration and Conference, Vafolay Tulay, at newsmen’s dispoal, weekend, warned staffers of the commission to be extra careful as they go about their daily activities in the country.
Vafolay Tulay advised them to maintain environmental consciousness everywhere they go, especially on their route to, and from work, in addition to watching out for any abnormal situation around their surroundings and report same immediately.
Particularly, he urged them to greatly limit social engagements, in addition to avoiding night outings, as much as possible.
“Avoid public drinking places and restaurants, especially after working hours,” he warned, cautioning them to limit their travels in-country as much as possible, whether by road or by air and keep to the main roads at all times, in preference of using deserted/lonely routes and dark alleys.
He continued: “Avoid routes where rallies or any form of mass gatherings are taking place. Be extra careful when using a rented vehicle and van.
“Take appropriate security measures when approaching a checkpoint. Be prepared to take anti-ambush/counter surveillance measures always; and be vigilant at places of worship, markets, motor parks, filling stations and shopping malls.”/ SHARE THIS