11 March 2014, Abuja – Stern looking fully armed security operatives from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday morning surrounded the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja.
Although officials of the corporation denied any bomb threat, our correspondent gathered that the heavily armed men were drafted to site following claims of possible attack on the NNPC towers by terrorists.
Asked to comment on why there was huge security presence at the towers, a visibly angry officer on duty at the corporation declared, “are you new in this country or are you not aware of happenings in the north? Come on keep moving!”
The security officials ensured that there was free flow of traffic on roads leading to the corporation.
It was also learnt that the security operatives, who arrived the venue around 6am on Tuesday morning, restricted movement into the towers. Those allowed entry were mainly employees, while visitors were thoroughly screened.
At the public car park opposite the corporation, it was observed that no vehicle was allowed to park.
The armed men ensured that nobody was allowed to wait around the area. Any attempt to stop, the closest security official around would screem, “keep moving please!”
– The Punch