by Stanley Azuakola
Yesterday in Benghazi, Libya, the embassy of the United States was attacked. Four people – three embassy officials, and the United States’ ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stephens – lost their lives as a result.
The killers of the US officials were protesting against an amateur video shot in the United States, which allegedly depicted Prophet Muhammed in a bad light.
Historically in Nigeria, religious crisis of this nature have a spill-over effect, causing unnecessary loss of lives and properties over events that happened elsewhere.
To forestall a repeat of those kinds of tragedies, the Federal Government, yesterday, beefed up security around diplomatic installations, buildings, and embassy personnel in Nigeria.
The government’s pro-action stems from a desire to avoid the embarrassment of being caught unawares, especially in light of the repeated spates of suicide bombings in Nigeria by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
As part of its preemptive security measures, the government has directed the armed forces and the Police to ensure that any possible chain reaction that could break out in Nigeria as a result of the Libyan crisis be immediately contained.
A statement signed by Force spokesman, CSP Frank Mba, disclosed that the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has placed all police formations across the Federation on red alert.
Mba said that “the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure a 24-hour water-tight security in and around all Embassies and Foreign Missions in Nigeria as well as other vulnerable targets”.
“In addition, the AIG in charge of Intelligence and Commissioners of Police in charge of the various Police Special Squads such as the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Special Protection Unit (SPU) have been directed to ensure that their personnel are strategically deployed to prevent and nip all potential crisis in the bud.
Not left out, the Nigerian military, led by general officers Commanding the Divisions and Corps Commanders in the Country and their equivalent in other services were also directed to work with other security agencies to ensure that there was no out break of violence.
Quick response military outfits, counter terrorism and Special forces were to be deployed for patrols.
Churches and mosques are also being monitored as part of the measures, to ensure that religious leaders do not instigate their followers into violence.