The Police and the Department of Security Service (DSS) said security measures were intensified at the overcrowded Silver Bird Galleria, Abuja, as fun seekers celebrated the New Year.
Reports state that the security agents posted to ensure peace in the galleria were making efforts to also control vehicular movements within and outside the premises.
Newsmen reports that over 100 vehicles were queuing to enter the galleria while the parking space which was constructed to take just 300 vehicles was already jam-packed.
Dan’azumi Hashimu, a Corporal, Fortified Police Mobile Force (PMF), Force Headquarters, told newsmen that although the car park was full while many vehicles were still waiting in line to enter the galleria.
He said that due to the situation those coming in had to wait for those coming out so that there could be parking space for them to prevent car theft or cause any security emergencies.
“We have the mobile police at the parking lot and the SSS inside the galleria.
“We also have police outside the premises and at the checking point in case of emergency situations.
“We search bags at the gate and inside we have security at the checking point; vehicle owners that carry cylinder or car battery will have to drop such items before being allowed in.
“If there is any emergency the police will alert other security officers.
“Since we started we haven’t had any security challenge and no complain from the public,” he said.