The Nigerian Army has deployed troops to commence a coordinated security sweep across three local government areas of Kwara State.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state government, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Tuesday revealed that troops had been deployed in Ifelodun, Edu, and Patigi LGAs.
The government also urged citizens to report suspicious activities or unknown faces found in their locality to security agencies in the state.
Security sources said other agencies, including police and the secret service, have also intensified intelligence gathering efforts in collaboration with the state government to foil any planned attacks on the state.
One of the sources said, “There are intelligence reports that point to the danger of attacks. So the state government has mobilized security agencies and raised alerts to prevent breaches. But it is also important for everyone to report suspicious activities or new faces in their environment.
“At this stage, everyone must work with the government and security agencies to disallow evil elements from disrupting the peace of the state.”
Another source said many parts of Nigeria, including Kwara, are now recording “opportunistic abductions” done to extort the political class as the campaign for the 2023 elections has begun across the country.