- The circular issued to prevent terror attacks in presidential villa
- Security checks will be provided for all tinted cars around the Aso Rock
The presidency on February 9, Tuesday, has moved against terror attack in Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer Bashir Abubakar has issued a circular titled ‘Use of tinted cars around the Presidential Villa, Abuja’.
Abubakar ordered all tinted cars and other vehicles to be systematically searched.
He stated that the most of the main attacks by terrorist groups around the world against high profile targets were done with stolen or tinted cars.
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The document reads in part: “It has been observed that some staff of the Presidential Villa driving tinted cars, especially security personnel are in the habit of refusing to wind down their windscreen for security checks before driving into the villa.
“It is most worrisome that some of them used the excuse of either driving official cars or driving VIPs to justify their acts.
“This act which is not in tandem with standard security drill and procedure poses serious threat to the safety and security of the Villa.
“It is important to note that the insistence of security operatives at the pilot gates to properly screen vehicles coming into the villa whether tinted or not tinted, official or unofficial is not out of place.
“Therefore, there is need for all to subject themselves and their vehicles to security checks as the case may be, so as to prevent unscrupulous elements from exploring the situation to launch attacks on the Villa.
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“More So, that most of the major attacks by terrorists groups on high profile targets around the world are being carried out using hijacked vehicles or vehicles with tinted glasses.”
Abubakar advised heads of units/departments to urge the staff working under them to always subject themselves to proper security checks and should not take the duties of security personnel for granted.
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