Security agencies on alert as Boko Haram plans Abuja attack
There are indications that the military and other security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have been put on high alert following intelligence report that the Boko Haram terrorists, dislodged by the military from their bases, were planning to carry out an attack in Abuja.
According to the report, the terrorists plan to carry out their first attack on Suleja, Niger State, near Abuja, Gwagwalada, Garki, Central Business District, targeting public buildings and installations, among others.
The report by Daily Sun, quoting security sources, say the security forces are on the look out for the terrorists who are penetrating Abuja, through the Bwari/Kaduna, Abuja/Keffi, Abuja/Lokoja and Abuja/Kaduna axis.
According to the newspaper, a top military source, who confided in it in Abuja, said the terrorists who have been put on checks since their last attack at the Nyanya bus terminal, have made several attempts to disrupt the relative peace in the nation’s capital.
Continuing, the report quoted the source as saying that a number of the terrorists who tried to plant Improvised Explosive Device, IED, during the National Economic Summit were arrested and taken into custody.
The source further disclosed that if not for the determination and combat readiness of the military, the terrorists would
have carried out at least 15 attacks on different parts of the FCT, since April.
According to the report, the terrorists were not giving up on the evil plans, as their leaders were reportedly sending their foot soldiers to spy on the city and report back to them.
Continuing, the report disclosed that the foot soldiers, who reportedly take to street trading and other menial jobs when they arrive Abuja, were also taking shelters at mosques, motor parks, markets and other public places at night.
With this in mind, the security agencies are said to have held meetings with managements of the outfits in the FCT, so as to keep them abreast of the new trends of the terrorists, advising them not to allow them use their facilities as safe haven.
According to the report, the army high command in Abuja, has announced the redeployment of some rugged officers to head some units in the FCT, while also establishing more Rapid Response Squad, RRS, units in virtually all the area councils in the nation’s capital to curb the menace of the insurgents.
This is just as focus is said to be more on the satellite towns where the insurgents usually take refuge on arriving the city.