The Nigeria Police Force have said threats by terrorist group, Boko Haram to bomb Abuja and some other northern cities is real. The threat was confirmed by Sadiq Bello, the FCT Commissioner of Police. He said the police will ensure that the plan fails.
“The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful Yuletide.
“We are doing a lot but we don’t want to mention the strategy so that the men of the underworld don’t take advantage of it. We are doing a lot especially with our sister security agencies. We have already mapped out strategies and we have already commenced that.
“It may involve massive raids, massive visibility policing, vigorous stop and search and we would also embark on intelligence gathering,” he said.
The United States and the United Kingdom’s missions in Nigeria had last week warned of possible Boko Haram’s attacks on the FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe states. They warned Americans and Britons in Nigeria to avoid crowded places including shopping malls, gardens and hotels which could be targeted by the terrorists. Following the warning, the Inspector-General of Police put the Commissioners of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and personnel in the states on red alert. The IG also directed the CPs in the states to hold stakeholders’ meetings with the people in order to proffer possible ways of tackling the threat.