The NPF, as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, have tightened security around the United States Embassy and British High Commission in Abuja and Lagos.
This is as a response to fears that they could be targeted by groups sympathetic to Iran and in retaliation for the killing of its most powerful military commander, Qassem Soleimani assassinated in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on January 3. . Iran in response on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile attack on two US airbases in Iraq housing American troops
. Additional police officers and NSCDC officers were seen around the two missions on Monday with police trucks stationed around the buildings.
In addition, the road beside the British High Commission in Abuja was partially blocked with police trucks.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, placed police commands and formations nationwide on high alert following intelligence report that some “domestic interests” were planning to embark on massive public disturbances and sabotage to protest Soleimani’s killing.
The US and UK subsequently told their nationals in Nigeria to be security-conscious, advising them to avoid crowds and demonstrations which they said could turn violent.