Residents of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, and other nearby states have been assured of total safety by the military following threats of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The Defence Headquarters in a statement on Sunday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said members of the public should go about their normal activities without fear.
The assurance given by the military follows a circular released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) where it noted that the Boko Haram terrorists are plotting to infiltrate and attack some locations in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The Customs had raised the alarm in a circular titled: “Re: Intelligence on national security”, signed by the Comptroller of Enforcement at the NCS headquarters, H. A. Sabo.
Reacting to the alarm, the Defence Headquarters has assured residents that the military and other security agencies are on red alert to ensure their safety.
Enenche stated that “The Armed Forces in conjunction with other security and response agencies particularly the core intelligence agencies hereby assure the public that preventive and preemptive intelligence are ongoing.
“The general public is thus advised to go about their lawful businesses undeterred.
“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 public is equally enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity accordingly.”
Naija News recalls Customs had listed locations where Boko Haram members are hiding and planning to attack to include: Kunyam Bush along airport road off DIA Staff Quarters-Abuja; Robochi/Gwagwalada Forest; Kwaku forest, Kuje, Abuja; Unaisha forest in Toto Local Government of Nasarawa State and Gegu forest, close to Idu town in Kogi State.