The United Nations has admonished its agencies in Abuja to increase the level of security awareness in and around their premises following the Kuje prison attack.
The Kuje Custodial Centre located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory was attacked late Tuesday night apparently to free jailed criminals. The attack occurred despite an earlier warning by the country’s intelligence service.
In a security advisory issued by the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), it asked its employees to avoid sensitive public offices and avoid spending more time at malls and other public areas.
“If you have to be there, conduct your activities quickly and leave,” it wrote.
“UN personnel living in Kuje and its environs should note that there is the likelihood of increased host government security agencies activities in their vicinity,” the intergovernmental organisation said.
Additionally, the UN advised its employees to avoid public places at night, stating that the FCT authority has banned social activities in public parks beyond 7 p.m.
The 16-item advisory by the UN asked its officials to avoid driving at night; avoid large gatherings; secure their cars when in public areas, and not wear valuable accessories as they may attract unnecessary attention among others.
“UN personnel are to note that while the Host Government Security Agencies are working to arrest all the criminals, many continue to be on the loose and could potentially commit various crimes which may include abductions and terrorist activities among others,” UNDSS said.