The Nigerian Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have beefed up security around the perimeters of the United States of America Embassy and British High Commission in Abuja.
This is due to the potential threat of an attack on both locations by sympathisers of Iran who lost a top ranking General, Qassem Soleimani in a missile attack authorised by the US Government.
Soleimani’s killing sparked protests in Iran, and threats of a retaliation effort on US citizens and territories.
Earlier this month, protests were held in Abuja by Shi’te Muslims and youths against the US. Prior to this, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had warned of potential protests and crisis, and put policemen on high alert.
Shi’ites are in the majority in Iran, and the Iranian government requested that the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky be released to them for medical treatment.
Spokesman for IMN, Ibrahim Musa, assured that the group was committed to peace, and would not cause any trouble in Nigeria over Soleimani’s death.
He said, “If the IG in his statement, was referring to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, he was dead wrong. The Islamic Movement has been in existence in the past 40 years and it has been peaceful in all its agitations.”
This was prior to the protests in Abuja.