Last year, a terror threat was issued that Alshabaab would be hitting a school along Jinja road. This got the schools along the high way including Uganda Christian University (UCU) Main campus, Nabisunsa Girls School, Namilyango among others on high alert.
Security at UCU was tightened, with police deployed, in and outside the university to protect the students. Some gates of the university were even closed, restricting the students to only using one gate for entry and exit. After a long time, the security was at almost its maximum, until it declined later.
This week, the Deputy Police Commander of Mukono has reiterated the same threat. Speaking during the Tuesday community worship prayers at Nkoyoyo Hall, the DPC Seguya Rogers informed students of UCU that the terror threat is still very much alive and that the students should be very vigilant about security because the attack can happen any time.
“Terrorists are aiming at hitting UCU,” he said. He added that the intelligence, the police gathered, does not yet show how the attack will be made. “The method of hitting is not yet known.”
Following the communication of the DPC yesterday, the security of the university is being tightened. Thorough checks are being made since the warning was issued during the prayers. The DPC went ahead to urge the university community to be vigilant about security, and especially about “strangers.”
“Be vigilant about your security,” he advised.
The students were asked to minimize movements at night. He told the students that they run a risk of being attacked in the open or arrested by police that makes a patrol around the university.
“Minimize your movements late in the night outside campus, or you will be attacked or arrested by the police patrol,” he said.
The university community has also been urged to be cooperative when going through the gates.
“Let’s allow the checking to secure ourselves,” he concluded.