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Police wary of attacks on football viewing centres

12 June 2014, 16:26

Abuja - Police have warned operators of the football viewing centres of the high risk of terror attacks during the football World Cup.

To prevent attacks, the police advised football enthusiasts to be extra vigilant and cautious of every movement of persons and any alien objects around their vicinity during and after the tournament.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Police, Frank Mba, said that owners of viewing centres were advised to devise ways of securing their centres.

"We expect such owners to establish synergy with local security agencies, police or other security agencies. We expect them to have a working relationship including those who operate night clubs and pastors and imams are expected to have working relationships with their local security agencies," Mba said.

“Secondly, individuals who want to visit viewing centres are expected to exercise a lot of caution and by being vigilant and we equally expect that owners of viewing centres to make a rule forbidden patrons from bringing bags into the centres," he added.

He said they should make rules requiring proper searching of individuals at a creating safe distance before entering their premises.

"Security agencies will continue to intensify security and enhance surveillance around viewing centres. Also, citizens that live around the viewing centres could also perform some patriotic roles," Mba said.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has often attacked football viewing centres especially in the Northeast part of the country as part of its terror campaign against the country.

Three people, including a suicide bomber, were recently killed in a bomb attack that targeted a viewing centre in Jos. Over 300 football fans at the viewing escaped death as the bomb detonated few distant away from the centre.

- CAJ News

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