With the New Year around the corner, the Federal Government has beefed up security around the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as part of measures to foil plans by suspected insurgents to unleash terror in the territory.
Findings by Blueprint revealed that the measures became necessary to avoid alleged plans by persons believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect to disrupt public peace in the New Year in Abuja and other parts of the country notably in the North.
According to a highly placed security personnel, who did not wish to be named, the high security alert followed reports of possible attacks in places of worship.
Our correspondent who went round the FCT reports that security operatives drawn from the different security agencies could be seen at strategic locations and places keeping watch.
As part of the measures, most churches failed to hold the usual night services on Christmas eve, while for the New Year’s eve crossing over, worshippers have been advised against bringing handbags while they are advised to be time conscious and obey security agents drafted to keep watch.