The Police in Abuja have further beefed up security around the embassies of the United States and Canada in Abuja.
This is sequel to a directive issued by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, last week following attacks on US embassies especially across the Arab world.
Our correspondent, who went round the embassies on Sunday, observed an increased police presence, compared to what obtained on Thursday.
There were two Police Water Cannons as well as bomb disposal vehicles.
Also, security at major hotels, including Transcorp and Saharaton, was beefed up on Sunday.
Our correspondents gathered that besides concern over possible anti-movie protests, security was increased in the hotels because of national honour recipients, who were accommodated there.
Besides security men at the US Embassy and the hotels, armed policemen on foot patrol were also seen around the area while traffic was light.
At the US Embassy, private security guards were also on hand to assist their armed colleagues.
However, none of them was in a mood to answer questions as they directed our correspondent to the Police Headquarters for any inquiry regarding the new state of affairs.
An Armored Personnel Carrier was stationed meters away from the Canadian High Commission located on Bobo Street while police patrol vehicles were also seen moving round.
Investigations showed that following the increasing security challenges facing the country, the security agencies engaged in intelligence-led policing which entails getting advance information on security breaches and nipping them in the bud.
Sources said the security imperatives in the country go beyond deploying a huge number of personnel, adding that the ‘successes’ recorded by security agencies in recent times were traceable to a change of tactics and strategy by the leadership.
Sources told our correspondent that the protests against the anti-Islamic movie that rocked parts of the world could have spread to Nigeria and set off another round of ethno-religious crisis, but for the proactive measures adopted by security agencies which successfully “quelled the ember of violent demonstrations before it was fanned into a blaze.”
It was learnt that moves by some elements to organise a protest against the movie in Abuja was quietly thwarted by security agencies.