Quick actions to take in case of attacks
In recent times, Nigeria has been faced with multi-faceted security challenges ranging from terrorist attacks on innocent citizens in several villages to kidnappings for ransom by bandits, brutal killings by unknown gunmen, destruction of property and gruesome murders by thugs.
Terrorists now move from place to place kidnapping people and keeping them inside the forests for months until a ransom is paid. They invade communities at will, killing, looting, burning homes and kidnapping residents.
Commuters are kidnapped from the highways and taken to the forests while some who are unable to pay a ransom are killed.
Just recently, cases of explosions have been widely reported in Kogi, Taraba and Kano states, where a reasonable number of lives have been lost while other ‘lucky ones’ are recovering in different hospitals with varying degrees of injuries.
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These raging issues have raised serious concerns from the relevant authorities and well-meaning Nigerians who are working tirelessly to get the country back on a safe path.
However, as these efforts continue, citizens need to be more aware of their surroundings and what is happening around them. This is to ensure that they are not caught off guard and that in the event of a tragedy, they know the quick steps to take to get out of the woodwork or manage the situation to stay safe.
Move away from the direction of danger
The territorial head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Lagos, Ibrahim Farinloye, when contacted to provide safety advice, said: “If there is an explosion, people need to know the point of explosion. If it is a terrorist attack, the terrorists or bandits will move from one point to another so along the line they must come from one direction. When they come from one direction, you move away from that direction; don’t stay near where they come from.
Farinloye advised those inside when attacks occur not to go outside and to stay calm.
“They should stay inside and not panic, and all should lie flat on the ground so they don’t get caught by flying balls,” he warned.
Call emergency numbers
Farinloye further insisted that those with emergency numbers can immediately call for help and provide information on where the incident happened, whether or not people are trapped, etc. so that responders can send the information to the relevant agencies.
Security analyst Peter Bunde pointed out that individuals should maintain situational awareness of their surroundings at all times and pay close attention to events happening around them in order to identify anything unusual. .
“If necessary, individuals should leave the area and report suspicious activity or behavior to the appropriate authorities,” he noted.
Bunde added that people should not discuss personal information in public, over the phone or on the internet. Extra care should be taken with social media (such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs).
“Avoid posting or providing personal information. Criminals and terrorists are known to use these forums for open source information gathering and these outlets do not provide ‘secure’ communications,” he concluded.