Tension has been high in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, even as security officials have been forced to take some pre-emptive measures in some institutions said to have been listed for attacks by the Boko Haram Islamists sect.
The Chief Security Officer (CSO), University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Lt. Col. N.U.V. Efik, confirmed that UNIUYO was one of the targets slated for attack by the insurgents and warned students to be more security conscious as they resumed for the new semester.
A letter to this effect, signed by the former military chief, which was copied to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Comfort Ekpo and all principal officers of the institution, warned members of the community to take security precautions.
The letter reads: “Intelligence reports received at this department indicate that the university has been earmarked as one of the major targets in the event of an attack in Akwa Ibom State.
“Consequently, every member of the university community is urged to please be security conscious, observant and report any suspicious movement or thing to the security officer nearest to him or her.
“As a pre-emptive measure to safeguard the university from attack, all small gates leading into both annex and town campuses would be closed to all between 12 noon and 3:00 pm every Friday.
“Members of the university community are advised to use the main gates during the period as other measures deemed necessary for the safety of the community will be communicated to you from time to time.”
When the Nigerian Tribune visited the township campus of the institution, it was observed that students and other members of the institution observed the security measures while routine internal security checks on vehicles have been stepped up.
Source: Tribune Nigeria