By Tobias Lengnan Dapam & Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has reassured 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 assurance was sequel to a purported memorandum from the Nigeria Customs Service warning it’s staff on a possible attack on the FCT.
The alarm was contained in an internal memo of the NCS, titled: “Re: Intelligence on national security,” dated August 20, 2020.
The memo was signed by the Comptroller of Enforcement at the NCS headquarters in Abuja, H.A Sabo.
The position, it was gathered, was informed by intelligence reaching the Comptroller-General of the NCS, Colonel Hameed Ali, rtd.
The terrorists are said to be plotting their attacks from five identified locations in the nation’s capital and environs.
The memo stated: “Information reaching the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) reveals the existence of Boko Haram Terrorist Camps (BHT”s) in and around the Federal Capital Territory.
“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
*Gegu forest, close to Idu town in Kogi State.
“Consequently, you are to be at alert and security conscious of your environment at all times.
“Ensure wide circulation please”, the memo said.
The internal memo was copied to Zonal Coordinators; Office of the Customs Area Controllers; Office of all CC Marine commands; Office of CC FOU, A, B, C, and D; Office of Coordinators Operation Ex-Swift Response; Office of Coordinators CGC Strike Force; and Office of the CC, Customs Police.
While responding to the memo, the DHQ in a statement issued yesterday by Major General, John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, said
“the Armed Forces of Nigeria is working together with other security and response agencies particularly the core intelligence agencies to ensure safety.
He assured 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.”