Boko Haram: 11 security tips for public and private citizens

Gone are the days when bombings were only witnessed on big movie screen. This is no longer the case. The best selling news in town is now about Boko Haram and its violent attacks on people and institution.

This security menace upsetting national stability and peace is becoming more rampant than ever, and if we continue to fold our hands there danger of everyone becoming a victim – the fear of Boko Haram is the beginning of security consciousness.

The need to for Nigerians to refortify their residential and business premises is no longer a luxury for a few, but a matter of necessity. The protection of lives and properties is no longer against theft by criminals, but against Boko Haram bombings.

Boko Haram is here, what are you going to do about it?

This is one of the pressing questions for Damog. The burden of ensuring the continuous safety and peace of mind of Nigerians is no longer one that should be left alone for government; it is a matter of national security and everyone, including you, must be involved in fighting this war.

In equipping you to survive  Boko Haram terror, here are 11 bomb prevention tips for the safety of public and private premises, and peoples lives. Don’t read and swallow please, ensure you use the social media tools to share these tips with family and friends.

This is our fight, we have the right to life; Boko Haram won’t deny us of that!

11 Bomb Prevention Tips

  • Strictly implement the inspection procedures of all bags, knapsacks, boxes, merchandise, etc., that will enter the establishment or premises.
  • Suspicious looking package, paper bags, etc. left alone should be cautiously scrutinized as possible bomb(s).
  • When suspicious stuff are noted, don’t try to touch or inspect it. Instead, advice security personnel/employees to immediately contact the proper authorities.
  • Be observant of people roaming around your area doing nothing. Vendors with tricycles/knapsacks/bags should be driven out, as they may be used as couriers of bombs.
  • Advice the security to always observe people leaving behind bags/packages/boxes in the garbage cans/bins in the premises.
  • Be observant of cars/motorcycle riding individuals who are suspiciously observing constantly the establishments.
  • Be cautious in opening envelopes and packages sent to you by unknown individual or package with no return addresses.
  • The greatest safeguard against the effects of bomb threats is to prevent entry of unauthorized persons into certain areas, whenever possible.
  • Restricted entry and positive identification of staff and visitors can be significant factors in assessing the seriousness of any given threat.
  • Develop a security plan and a bomb incident plan in preparation for such incident. The security plan deals with prevention and control of access to the building. The bomb incident plan provides detailed procedures to be implemented when a bomb is found or threatened.
  • Get the involvement of the nearest police department, fire department, or local government agencies for any assistance in developing your security or bomb incident plans.

Be security conscious!

This article is written by ‘Kemi Bababusuyi is a security consultant, CEO Damog Guards (, and edited by NAL staff editor.

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