Nigeria tightens security following US reprisal attacks

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the aftermath of US reprisal attacks on Afghanistan, Nigerian security officials are meeting in Abuja as part of efforts to tighten national security and protect foreigners living in the country.
The Lagos State Police Command has also reinforced security at the American Consulate and the British High Commission in the commercial city.
Commissioners of Police from the country's 36 States as well as military and intelligence officials are attending the Abuja meeting, which started Monday.
Nigeria, with a population of 120 million, is home to a large number of Muslims, some of whom have voiced sympathy for Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the 11 September terrorist attacks on the US.
Members of some fundamentalist Muslim groups in the predominantly-Muslim northern Nigeria, have demonstrated openly in support of the Saudi dissident, being harboured by the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan.
Nigerian government Monday expressed support for the US-led military strikes, saying "It is in the interest of all peoples to make the world a safer place for all, especially for civilians who are engaged in their normal day-to-day activities.
" In apparent reference to bin Laden's sympathisers, the government warned against seeing the military strikes as an attack against any race, country or religion, and also urged Nigerians to be vigilant.
"People should endeavour to report to the security agencies, suspicious persons and activities that are capable of undermining public safety," the government said in a statement signed by Presidential Spokesman Tunji Oseni.

09 october 2001 13:54:00

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