1st September, 2011
As work resumed nationwide on Thursday after the Eid el-Fitri celebration, security has remained very tight around some government buildings in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents ,who were at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, report that there was heavy presence of security operatives in and around the building.
NAN reports that this may not be unconnected with the current security challenges in the country.
At the office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), different security operatives mounted heavy security check at all entry and exit points of the complex.
The security operatives comprising the Nigerian Police Force, the State Security Service, Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Army were seen patrolling the premises.
Staff and visitors were subjected to thorough search before being allowed into the premises.
NAN reports that bags were searched with metal detectors while those without valid identity cards were denied entry.
At the Federal Secretariat, vehicles were not allowed to park in front of the office block and around the Eagle Square while the road leading to the main building was cordoned off by the Police with their patrol vans mounted at both ends.
NAN reports that to further enforce the measure, men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were on ground with a towing van, apparently to tow any defaulting vehicle.
Some of the staff, who spoke to NAN, said the measure was necessary to forestall any possible attack on the area.
Mr. Wale Shaba, a civil servant, told NAN that the new security measures had helped to assuage the general apprehension among workers over the security situation in the country.
“Everybody is scared due to what is happening in the country today. We are even afraid to sit in our offices, but since this extra measures started, we are beginning to relax,” he said.
On his part, Mr. Joseph Aaron, of the security unit, said that though most staff might find the thorough screening inconveniencing, it was a sacrifice they must make for their own security and safety.
Also speaking, Miss Sandra Egonu, a youth corps member serving at the secretariat, commended the law enforcement agencies for their good work so far.
NAN reports that most of the workers reported for work on Thursday after the two-day public holidays declared by the Federal Government for the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Mr. Tope Ajaikaiye, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations Office of the HOSF, said workers had resumed duty after the public holidays, adding that most of those not in the office, were on their annual vacation.