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Security on high alert ahead of WEF: Okonjo-Iweala

Western Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

About 36,000 people have been killed in Nigeria by Islamic militant group Boko Haram. PHOTO: Salon.com

There were mounting worries that the high-level meeting gathering of political and business leaders would receive low attendance following suspected terror attacks that claimed over 50 lives in the outskirts of capital Abuja on Monday.

(READ MORE: More than 50 feared dead after a blast in Abuja)

“We would like to take this opportunity to assure you of your safety during your participation at the upcoming World Economic Forum on Africa 2014,” read a statement jointly issued by the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and chief economic advisor to the president, Nwanze Okidegbe. 

“Nigeria’s security agencies are currently in the middle of a robust and thorough investigation to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice”.

(READ MORE: Nigerian police set to combat terrorism)

“Our security planning for the WEF on Africa is already well under way and will be the largest security operation ever mounted in this country for an international summit. In total, over six thousand security personnel, consisting of police and army will be deployed, covering a secure area the size of 250 square kilometres,” confirmed the government. 

Nigeria has experienced numerous attacks chiefly from the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram. Up to now no one has claimed responsibility over the Nyanya bus terminus bomb blasts. 

(READ MORE: Nigerians need to be proactive against terrorism

Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda linked terror group is fighting for the establishment of a wholly Islamic state in Africa’s most populous country.

Over 250 schools are reported to have been tortured since the beginning of the year especially in the North-eastern region of the country while, 36,000 people are believed to have been killed by the militant group since 2009.

The Northern part of the country is comprised of predominantly Muslims while, the southern part is mainly Christians. 

The Nigerian government has commenced putting in place the largest operation of security personnel to ensure safety of those attending.

BY TRUST MATSILELE

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