Boko Haram Scare: Security Beefed Up In Akwa Ibom

Security has been stepped up in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State following threats of attack by Boko Haram on major institutions, including the University of Uyo, in Akwa-Ibom State.

Security agencies have therefore started subjecting those entering the state to stop and search.

Security has also been beefed up around major institutions and strategic roads in Uyo, the state capital.

The new security measure, according to Vanguard, is to ensure that suspected terrorists do not carry out their attacks in the state.

Security sources linked the unusual military surveillance in the state capital to the alleged recent seizure of a large consignment of arms brought into the state in a truck loaded with cows.

“The suspects were apprehended by the military suicide squad and taken to the Ibawa Military Barracks in Abak Local Government Area of the state,” a source said.

The development has evoked tension in the state, compelling security officials to take steps to check insurgency in some institutions believed to be the targets of attack by the Islamists sect.

The Chief Security Officer, CSO, of the University of Uyo, Lt. Col. N. Efik, confirmed that the institution was one of the targets listed for attack by the Boko Haram insurgents and warned students to be more security conscious as they resumed for the new semester.

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