World Econmic Forum: Heavy Military Patrol At Lagos and Abuja Airports
Ahead of the World Economic Forum- Africa scheduled to commence next week in Abuja, the Nigerian military has deployed troops to the two main airport in the country, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Murtala Mohmammed International Airport to forestall any security breach.
The heavy security clampdown is as a result of the two bomb explosions which rocked the capital city leaving scores of people dead and several other injured.
In Lagos, cars may no longer drop passengers off outside the airport terminal but in front of a church some 200 metres (yards) where they must take a shuttle.
The measures are in addition to precautions announced earlier ahead of the three-day World Economic Forum on Africa, dubbed the “African Davos”, beginning Wednesday, which Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is due to attend.
April 14 in Abuja’s Nyanya suburb saw the capital’s deadliest attack ever, when 75 people were killed, and the second was a stone’s throw away, considered a “copy-cat” attack and claiming 19 lives on Thursday.
The US consulate in Lagos warned in an advisory on Friday that “groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack a luxury hotel in Lagos.
The WEF said in a statement that its security arrangements for the conference, to be held at a top Abuja hotel, were “robust”.
“There are no plans to make any changes to the programme or content of the meeting,” it said, offering sympathy for the victims of the attacks.
Nigeria, however, announced that all government offices and schools would be shut during the conference, while local organisers have said more than 6,000 police and soldiers would be deployed to ensure delegates’ safety.
“Our security planning for the World Economic Forum on Africa is already well under way and will be the largest security operation ever mounted in this country for an international summit,” they said.
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