Information has emerged that the Nigerian Presidency fears that terrorists might be planning to attacks on Aso Villa.
The chief security officer to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar has released an internal memo spelling out upgraded security protocols expressing “serious concern” about the spate of “high-profile terrorist attacks” around the world. The January 26 memo, titled, ‘Use of tinted cars around the Presidential Villa, Abuja’, indicates moves to forestall any terrorist attack at the presidential villa.
Abubakar was particular that drivers and occupants of vehicles of VIP visitors to Aso Rock be submitted to extra scrutiny and security checks at the gates of Aso Rock. He also noted that henceforth, occupants of cars, especially staff of the Presidential Villa, with tinted glasses must be made to wind down and pass through security checks.
“It has been observed that some staff of the Presidential Villa driving tinted cars, especially security personnel, are in the habit of refusing to wind down their windscreen for security checks before driving into the villa,” the memo says
“It is most worrisome that some of them used the excuse of either driving official cars or driving VIPs to justify their acts. This act which, is not in tandem with standard security drill and procedure, poses serious threat to the safety and security of the Villa.
“It is important to note that the insistence of security operatives at the pilot gates to properly screen vehicles coming into the villa whether tinted or not tinted, official or unofficial, is not out of place.
“Therefore, there is need for all to subject themselves and their vehicles to security checks as the case may be, so as to prevent unscrupulous elements from exploring the situation to launch attacks on the Villa, more so that most of the major attacks by terrorist groups on high-profile targets around the world are being carried out using hijacked vehicles or vehicles with tinted glasses.
“Heads of units/departments are to advise personnel working under them to always subject themselves to proper security checks and not take the duties of security personnel for granted,” the statement concluded.