Tight security in Abuja as World Economic Forum begins



Security was tight in and around the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on Wednesday as the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa gets underway.

One military tank was also deployed at the main entrance of the hotel.

The security operatives, many of them in mufti, were seen around the venue.

Also, there was a heavy presence of armed securitymen at the Sheraton Hotel in Wuse Zone 4, where accreditation for the delegates was going on.

A military tank was also deployed at the hotel’s gate.

All roads leading to the Transcorp Hilton were partially closed to traffic.

Only vehicles conveying participants, journalists, security personnel and other essential workers to the venue of the forum were allowed passage.

However, unaccredited journalists and many others who appeared not to have any business with the forum were denied entry into the hotel by stern-looking military personnel manning the entrance.

One side of the popular Shehu Shagari Way, leading from the Federal Secretariat to the hotel, was completely closed.

Men of the FRSC, supported by other security personnel, were at strategic security checkpoints set up on roads leading to the hotel, controlling traffic.

Traffic within the city centre was light.

Meanwhile, tow trucks of the FRSC were seen going round both hotels, removing vehicles parked at unauthorised places.

It was gathered that the move was part of a security strategy to check any eventuality.

Security at all entry and exit points to the FCT had also been beefed up.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, had ordered a massive security cordon in the FCT, in line with a presidential directive to ensure a hitch-free forum.

The I-G had directed the deployment of men and equipment in the city centre and satellite towns for a conducive, safe, and secure atmosphere before, during and after the forum.