News / Africa

Nigeria Police Uncover Plans to Bomb Abuja Transportation Sector

A policeman stands near damaged vehicles after a suicide car bomber killed five people on a street of popular bars and restaurants in Sabon Gari, Kano, Nigeria, May 19, 2014.
A policeman stands near damaged vehicles after a suicide car bomber killed five people on a street of popular bars and restaurants in Sabon Gari, Kano, Nigeria, May 19, 2014.
Peter Clottey

Nigeria’s police say their intelligence reports show credible plans by terrorists to attack the transportation sector in the capital, Abuja.

In a released statement, national police spokesman Frank Mba called on the commissioner of police in Abuja and other police commissioners to step up security at major parks around the capital area.

Mba says the police are strengthening efforts to defeat terrorism and the security threats posed to the country.

“This is a specific threat targeted at the transportation sector.  But the good news is the fact this plot was uncovered and uncovered quite timely,” said Mba.

He says the police have reassured the public not to panic, since the security agencies are working hard to prevent terrorists from carrying out their planned attacks in various parts of the country.

Police Call on Citizens to Report Suspicious Activity

“The security forces are working round the clock to ensure that they effectively neutralize and deal with this issue,” Mba.  “We are leaving no stone unturned in this regard and we are just asking citizens to remain perpetually alert and vigilant, and report any suspicious movements, suspicious objects and suspicious activities within their area to the security forces.”

Mba hailed the public collaboration with police, which he said has often enabled security officials to uncover plots by terrorists across the country.

“Nigerians have risen in unison, in total solidarity with the security forces with the federal government and with the relevant agencies that are saddled with the responsibility of providing internal security,” said Mba.

“We have been getting massive cooperation from citizens in terms of information and all forms of cooperation, and we are positive that with this new wave of unity, we will come out stronger and better as a people and as a nation and we will overcome the threat of terrorism.  Not just within our borders, but also within the entire continent,” said Mba.

Some Nigerians say the transportation sector has become a soft target for terrorists, including violent Islamist militants, Boko Haram.

They urge security agencies to do more to protect unarmed civilians, especially since some public transport stations near the capital were recently attacked twice by terrorists, leaving scores dead and many injured.

But Mba says the police and other security groups have intensified efforts to defeat terrorism.

“This threat that was uncovered before it was actualized will not destroy the transport system in Nigeria,” said Mba. “We will work together with our citizens, we will work together with government at all levels to ensure that we neutralize this threat and that life and businesses in Nigeria will continue.”

Clottey interview with Frank Mba, Nigeria Police Force spokesman
Clottey interview with Frank Mba, Nigeria Police Force spokesmani
|| 0:00:00


You May Like

800-Pound Man Determined to Slim Down

Man says he was kicked out of hospital for ordering pizza; wants to be an actor More

Australia Prepares to Resettle 12,000 Syrian Refugees

Preference will be given to refugees from persecuted minorities, and the first group is expected to arrive before late December More

S. African Miners Seek Class Action Suit Against Gold Mines

The estimated 100,000 say say they contracted the lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis in the mines More

This forum has been closed.
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemeni
Henry Ridgwell
October 12, 2015 4:03 PM
The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemen

The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

Video No Resolution in Sight to US House Speaker Drama

Uncertainty grips the U.S. Congress, where no consensus replacement has emerged to succeed Republican House Speaker John Boehner after his surprise resignation announcement. Half of Congress is effectively leaderless weeks before America risks defaulting on its national debt and enduring another partial government shutdown.

Video New Art Exhibit Focuses on Hope

Out of struggle and despair often comes hope. That idea is behind a new art exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. "The Big Hope Show" features 25 artists, some of whom overcame trauma and loss. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy as US Holiday

The second Monday of October is Columbus Day in the United States, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas. The achievement is a source of pride for many, but for some the holiday is marked by controversy. Adrianna Zhang has more.

Video Anger Simmers as Turks Begin to Bury Blast Victims

The Turkish army carried out new air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets on Sunday, a day after the banned group announced a unilateral cease fire. The air raids apparently are in retaliation for the Saturday bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara that killed at least 95 people and wounded more than 200 others. But as Zlatica Hoke reports, there are suspicions that Islamic State is involved.

Video Bombings a Sign of Turkey’s Deep Troubles

Turkey has begun a three-day period of mourning following Saturday’s bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara, that killed nearly 100 people. With contentious parliamentary elections three weeks away, the attacks highlight the challenges Turkey is facing as it struggles with ethnic friction, an ongoing migrant crisis, and growing tensions with Russia. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video Afghanistan’s Progress Aided by US Academic Center

Recent combat in Afghanistan has shifted world attention back to the central Asian nation’s continuing civil war and economic challenges. But, while there are many vexing problems facing Afghanistan’s government and people, a group of academics in Omaha, Nebraska has kept a strong faith in the nation’s future through programs to improve education. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Omaha, Nebraska.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video In 'He Named Me Malala,' Guggenheim Finds Normal in Extraordinary

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary "He Named Me Malala" offers a probing look into the life of 18-year-old Malala Yousafsai, the Pakistani teenager who, in 2012, was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education in her hometown in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Guggenheim shows how, since then, Malala has become a symbol not as a victim of brutal violence, but as an advocate for girls’ education throughout the world. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Paintable Solar Cells May Someday Replace Silicon-Based Panels

Solar panels today are still factory-manufactured, with the use of some highly toxic substances such as cadmium chloride. But a researcher at St. Mary’s College, Maryland, says we are close to being able to create solar panels by painting them on a suitable surface, using nontoxic solutions. VOA’s George Putic reports.

VOA Blogs