Officers and equipment have been deployed around Abuja, police said.
A security cordon is underway around the Nigerian capital Abuja ahead of the World Economic Forum starting Wednesday, a spokesperson for police has said.
The World Economic Forum will be attended by the presidents of Rwanda, Senegal and Kenya as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Force public relations officer, Frank Mba, said officers and equipment were being deployed Sunday to all parts of Abuja and its suburbs on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan for a huge security operation before the economic forum starts.
Mr. Mba said the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Sunday ordered field commanders on to step up security at all strategic locations and vulnerable points and to strengthen security at entry and exit points, airports and Highways as well as City roads, Hotels and the Conference venue.
“Calling on the cooperation of all towards this important event, the IGP assured the conference participants, the citizenry as well as members of the international community of adequate security, stressing that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have already put in place effective security measures for their safety and comfort,” Mr. Mba said in a statement.
Attacks by the extremist group, Boko Haram, have raised security concerns about the Economic Forum, expected to be attended by world leaders, business executives and opinion leaders around the world.
On Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the closure of all public schools and offices between Wednesday and Friday when the meeting will hold.
The government said the measure is to ease the flow of traffic within the city and enable those attending the forum carry out their assigned roles. But the move is expected to lower the risk of attacks.
The decision came after at least 19 people were killed Thursday evening in a car bomb at Nyanya, near Abuja. It was the second of such attacks in three weeks in Abuja. An earlier one on April 14 killed at least 75 people.
The organizers of the economic forum said they have also deployed extra security measures for the safety of their guests.
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