By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
The Presidency has ordered security personnel at the gates of Aso Rock Presidential Villa to be more vigilant and thorough in their checks on vehicles in order to prevent unwanted elements from posing security threat to the seat of power.
Accordingly, staffers of the State House and visitors alike have been advised to cooperate with the security personnel at the gates by submitting themselves and their vehicles to the routine checks that might be intensified.
In a memo dated January 26, 2016, the Chief Security Officer to the President, Bashir Abubakar, expressed concern over the refusal of some security personnel driving or accompanying VIPS to surrender their vehicles to checks at the pilot gates.
Noting that most of the attacks on high profile targets around the world were carried out using hijacked tinted vehicles, the CSO advised that all and sundry entering the Aso Rock Villa should subject themselves and their vehicles to checks at the gates.
He said the measure would prevent unscrupulous elements from exploring the situation to launch attack on the federal seat of power.
The memo titled “Use of tinted cars around the Presidential Villa, Abuja” reads in part “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.
“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 terrorists 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.”