Army Reacts To Reports Of Boko Haram Planned Attack On Abuja

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The Nigerian Defence Headquarters says the Armed forces and other security agencies are working to forestall any attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Abuja and every other state of the federation.

VANTAGE NEWS reported an alarm raised by the Nigeria Customs Service over a planned attack by Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Abuja, Nasarawa and Kogi states.

A leaked internal memo dated August 20, 2020, and signed by Comptroller, Enforcement of Customs headquarters, H.A Sabo, notified security agents of possible target locations in Abuja where the insurgents may strike.

From the memo, the insurgents are reported to have set up their camps in the following identified enclaves; 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, Gegu Close To Idu Town in Kogi.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, General John Enenche, said the Armed forces and other security agents are working to forestall any attacks.

The military also appealed to Nigerians to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security agencies.

“The Defence Headquarters wish to reassure 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.

“This is imperative sequel to a purported memorandum from the Nigeria Customs Service warning its staff on a possible attack on the FCT.

“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 statement read.

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