The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has called on Nigerians and other Abuja residents not to panic over reports of a possible terrorists attack in Abuja.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the US and the UK governments raised alarm over the possible attack in Abuja.
Both foreign governments urged its citizens to stay alert, and to avoid unnecessary movements in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Reacting in a In a chat with The Punch, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, said the intelligence community was aware of the terrorist attack alert and had been addressing it.
While asserting that the military has put mechanisms in place to neutralize any attempt by Bok Haram or ISWAP terrorists to attack the nation’s capital, Akpor added that Nigerians were not informed about the possible attack in order not to alarm and inflame the situation.
He said, “This is not for the press, though the UK and the US embassies have raised the alert. Before it filtered to the embassies, the intelligence community have been on top of the situation.
“The press covering it, however, would only alarm and inflame the situation. It would serve no purpose unless it would stoke fear in the minds of Abuja residents.
“So, without any violent act of terrorism, the terrorists would have yet achieved their objective, because the primary objective of terrorism is to instill fear.”
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