Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nigeria: Anxiety Over Bomb Threat At NNPC

Hamisu Muhammad

There was serious anxiety yesterday at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) following a rumour of an attack threat on the corporation.

As the rumour spread, the security around the oil tower was beefed up, with heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers.

Sources told Daily Trust that the issue became serious after a report from one of the Group Executive Directors of the NNPC that he was called on his phone that there would be an attack on the towers.

It was also gathered that some security reports had it that the NNPC tower was the next target of Boko Haram after the Force headquarters attack on June 16.

The NNPC management, it was learnt, quickly called an emergency security meeting, ordered for more security personnel and restricted movement at the surroundings.

Efforts to spoke with the spokesman of the NNPC, Dr Levi Ajuonuma proved abortive as he did not answer his call when contacted, but an official at the Group Public Affairs Department, confirmed the rumour of the attack.

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