RED ALERT IN ABUJA OVER BOKO HARAM CAMPS AS LEAKED MEMO CAUSES ANXIETY

Written by on September 7, 2020

THERE WAS PANIC AT THE WEEKEND IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY (FCT), THE SEAT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, OVER A LEAKED INTELLIGENCE REPORT OF THE LIKELY EXISTENCE OF BOKO HARAM CAMPS IN ABUJA.

THE TERROR GROUP IS ALSO BELIEVED TO HAVE ALSO SET UP CAMPS IN KOGI AND NASARAWA STATES SHARING BOUNDARIES WITH THE FCT.

THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT THE MILITARY AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES HAVE MOUNTED SURVEILLANCE ON MOVEMENT INTO ABUJA FROM SURROUNDING STATES SUCH AS KOGI, NASARAWA, NIGER, AND KADUNA.

AN INTERNAL MEMO OF THE NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE (NCS), WHICH LEAKED TO THE PUBLIC, CREATED THE ANXIETY IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL.

THE MEMO, SIGNED BY THE DEPUTY COMPTROLLER (ENFORCEMENT HEADQUARTERS) AND DATED AUGUST 20, SAID: “INFORMATION REACHING THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS (C66) REVEALS THE EXISTENCE OF BOKO HAMM TERRORIST CAMPS (BHTS) IN AND AROUND THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY.

FURTHER REPORTS HAVE IT THAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO ATTACK SOME SELECTED TARGETS WITHIN THE TERRITORY.

SECURITY AGENTS HAVE URGED THE PEOPLE TO GO ABOUT THEIR LAWFUL DUTIES WITH AN ASSURANCE OF PROTECTION, HAVING PUT OPERATIVES ON THE RED ALERT.

THE DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS SAID THE ARMED FORCES AND OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES HAD BEEN PLACED ON RED ALERT IN THE FCT AND ITS NEIGHBOURING STATES.

A STATEMENT BY THE COORDINATOR, DEFENCE MEDIA OPERATIONS, DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS, MAJ-GEN. JOHN ENENCHE, SAID “PREVENTIVE AND PREEMPTIVE INTELLIGENCE ARE ONGOING” AGAINST TERRORISTS.


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