There was palpable tension in the North on Friday as Igbo living in the region feared there could be reprisals against them by northerners over alleged attacks on northerners in the South-East and parts of Rivers State in the South-South.
Our correspondents in Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Plateau states observed as men of the Nigerian Army, the police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Airforce and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were patrolling several areas in the states on Friday.
For instance, in Katsina, Katsina State capital, one of our correspondents observed as men of the police, the Nigerian Army, NAF, DSS and the NSCDC were patrolling the streets in Hilux trucks.
Some were seen stationed at the popular Kofar Kaoran Roundabout.
Some residents, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said the situation was unusual, adding that it was one they had not witnessed in a long time.
A resident, Musa Ibrahim, said, “Everyone is panicking. The security situation is tight. The way security operatives are patrolling the city is very unusual. I think the security agencies are trying to preempt any attack.”
There was also the heavy presence of security officers in many flashpoints in the Jos metropolis, Plateau State capital, particularly at the Hill Station Junction, Old Bukuru Park and Ahmadu Bello Way. Continue