Nigeria Security Services Sustain Vigilance to Ward Off Attacks

Nigerian security services will stay vigilant and the government will increase cooperation with bordering states to boost safety in Africa’s biggest economy.

“We agreed that the government will sustain cooperation with the neighboring countries to boost slack border security,” Niger state Governor Babangida Aliyu told reporters yesterday in the capital, Abuja, after a security meeting summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The meeting follows a bomb attack on a busy bus station near Abuja on April 14 that left at least 75 people dead and 141 others injured. The Boko Haram Islamist militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. The same day, gunmen suspected to be members of the group attacked a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok, abducting 273 girls, authorities said. Forty-three escaped while 230 remain missing, according to Asabe Kwambura, the school’s principal.

Boko Haram is waging a campaign of violence to impose Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s top oil producer. The four-year-old insurgency has claimed as many as 4,000 lives, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with about 170 million people, is roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south.

“We must continue to empower the various agencies involved at the level of the military and security sector to do their job,” Ekiti state Governor Kayode Fayemi said yesterday.

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