• Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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Military says security agencies on red alert over possible terrorist attack in FCT, environs

Nigerian Military

The Nigerian military has assured residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and adjoining states of their safety following intelligence report that the Boko Haram sect is planning to attack some selected targets within the nation’s capital.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had in a circular dated September 4 revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists have set up their camps in five locations in the FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa states and consequently placed its personnel on alert.

Reacting, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) advised the general public to go about their lawful businesses undeterred, with assurance that preventive and preemptive intelligence is ongoing.

John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), who said this in a statement on Sunday, noted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are on red alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance of the FCT and other states of the country.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies wish to assure the general public that the offensives against the common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored in all parts of the country. Hence, the general public is equally enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity accordingly,” Enenche added.

Recently, the coordinator announced that about 700 members of the Darul Salaam terrorists sect were mopped up in Nasarawa and Kogi states. The terrorsist organisation was formally dislodged in Niger state 11 years ago and was rediscovered on 26th August in Nasarawa state during a clearance operation by the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, resulting in the surrender of 410 members.

The identified enclaves where the terrorsists reportedly set up their camps, according to the NCS circular, include Kunyam Bush along airport road off DIA Staff quarters – Abuja, Robochi/Gwagwalada Forest-Abuja, Kwaku Forest Kuje – Abuja, Unaisha Forest in Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, and Gegu Forest close to Idu Town in Kogi State.