NOA alerts Ekiti Schs, Churches, Mosques over security threats
By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The National Orientation Agency,(NOA) has raised security alarm over alleged threats by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents group to violently attack the South West Zone of the country.
The Agency said letters had been written to schools, churches as well as mosques among other crowded places to put up pro-active measures capable of nipping such planned attacks in the bud
The Ekiti State office of the National orientation Agency, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti and signed by its State Director, Mr. Dayo Famosaya said the alarm had become imperative in view of security reports at its disposal.
Famosaya said in the statement, titled, “Public information on security consciousness and awareness” said the Boko Haram fighters may have infiltrated the South Western part of the country, going by the content of security agents reports to NOA in the state.
“They have threatened to deploy cluster bombs in the Zone, these cluster bombs are usually housed in discarded metallic materials such as can of beverages and soft drinks.
“The bombs may be concealed in bags, cellophane paper, and for it to have more grievous effect, they have planned to deploy these bombs in crowded places such as schools, markets, stadia, Churches and Mosques” he said.
The statement warned members of the public to watch out for people wearing flowing apparel, as it is the type of cloth they wear so as to hide their weapons.
“As a result of these security tips, we wish to call our religious leaders, Principals of schools, officials of sports, associations and other relevant bodies to be security conscious” the statement added.
He said that authorities of religious institutions, including public and private schools in Ekiti State have since confirmed receipt of the NOA letter and had begun putting measures in place to foil any possible attack.
Meanwhile, at St-Joseph Nursery and Primary school, located along Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti, inscriptions have already been pasted on the walls of the school, urging parents not to exceed the time-frame given as closing periods for pupils as a result of the alert.