There is a plan by terrorists group, Boko Haram, to attack some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters confirmed on Sunday.
John Enenche, Defence spokesman, disclosed this in a statement after a memo allegedly issued by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) warning its staff on a possible attack on the FCT was leaked.
According to the memo, the NCS received intelligence that the terrorist group has camped in five prominent locations in Abuja with plans to unleash terror on residents of the city.
Part of the memo read:
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 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 and Gegu forest, close to Idu town in Kogi State.
Enenche revealed that the army and other security agencies have been on the red alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance of the capital city and other states of the country, assuring and urging members of the public to go about their normal businesses.
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.
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.
Boko Haram had in 2014 launched a deadly attack where it planted a car bomb in a motor park in Nyanya, Abuja which killed over 200 persons.
Before that time, the terrorist sect had carried out similar attacks at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters and the United Nations building, all in Abuja.