It’s terrorism – FG laments attacks on public facilities

The Federal Government on Monday lament over the incessant attacks on critical public facilities such as police stations and the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying such act is terrorism.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this in Abuja during a town hall meeting on protecting public infrastructure, organised in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN; his Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, and his Aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika were present at the event.

Mohammed said, “Railway tracks are being subjected to destruction, bridge railings are being removed, manhole covers are being pilfered, streetlights and other power infrastructure, oil pipelines, telecoms facilities and critical aviation infrastructure are being damaged or stolen.

“On another level are the incessant attacks on critical public facilities such as police stations and INEC offices. As a matter of fact, the destruction of public infrastructure and facilities is not just vandalism; it is a form of terrorism.

“Removal of rail tracks can cause train derailment, with deadly consequences. Tampering with aviation infrastructure endangers the lives of air passengers. Attacks on police stations have left many police personnel dead. These are all acts of terror.”

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