The Handbook however, is not an encyclopaedia of security and safety measures, neither does it claim to provide all the essential tips required in critical situations. It remains a basic guide and an outline to be improved upon by individual experience, situational awareness and environment.

The National Handbook on Safety and Security Tips is a compilation of simple guides for personal and corporate security. The handbook is tailored to enlighten individuals, households, schools, managements of government, public and private infrastructure on critical security measures required at all levels of terror threats. It also spells out actions to be taken in situations of improvised explosives devices attacks, including suspicious objects scenarios amongst others.



The National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) is a living document that will continue to undergo reviews, as the issues involved are fluid and constantly evolving. The review will be on a bi-annual basis or as the situation demands. Over the years, and especially between 2010 when Nigeria recorded its first major terror attack and now, the menace has continued to show the ability to wreck major havoc. The phenomenon lends itself to reckless and indiscriminate use of violence and has assumed a level of sophistication that has seen incidents rise in profile.

Reference can be made to the bombings of 1 October 2010 (Eagle Square); 16 June 2011 (Police Headquarters); 28 August 2011 (United Nations Office); the 25 February 2014 Buni Yadi Killings and the 14 April 2014 Chibok Schoolgirls abduction as game changing incidents. However, the unrelenting response of the Security Agencies, especially in the North East, and the complimentary effort of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Program – Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has recorded major achievements and contributed to the reduction in the spate of attacks