The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that there is no cause for alarm following the Nigeria Customs intelligence on Boko Haram terrorists’ infiltration of Abuja, Kogi and Nasarawa states.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche reassured residents of FCT and other adjoining states that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have been on red alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance of the Federal Capital Territory and other states of the country.
He said, “The Armed Forces of Nigeria working together with other security and response agencies particularly the core intelligence agencies hereby assure the general 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 general public is equally enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity accordingly.”
The Nigeria Customs Service in its intelligence report on 4 September 2020 uncovered the existence of Boko Haram Terrorists camps in the Federal Capital Territory planning to attack selected targets within.
The report signed by the Comptroller Enforcement HA Sabo listed four identified terrorists camps and urged citizens to be alert and security conscious of their environment at all times.
It Customs report reads in part “Information reaching the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) reveals the existence of Boko Haram Terrorists in and around the Federal Capital Territory.
“Further reports have it that they are planning to attack some selected targets within the Territory. They are reported to have set up their camps in the following enclaves;Kunyam Bush along airport road off DIA quarters -Abuja,Robochi/Gwagwalada forest, Kwak forest Kuje,Unaisha forest in Toto local government area of Nasarawa State, Geguforest close to Idu Town in Kogi State “
Recall that the United States Africa Command (US AFRICOM) recently warmed that the Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorist groups were exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and gradually taking over the West African Region after losing ground in Syria,Iraq and in the Middle East.
But in response, the military said the warning was simply a call for increased onslaught against the sects.