By Stanley Onyekwere
In the wake of the swelling insecurity, the Joint Security Team of the FCT has declared that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is not under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists’.
Making this assertion, the team, comprising of Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA), and chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma reaffirmed that the nation’s capital remain safe.
This was contained in a statement by Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, which was obtained by PeoplesDaily at the weekend.
The statement reads: “The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the ‘Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists’.
“TheJoint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.
“Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April, 2021, where the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.”
It adds: “However, the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.”
The team enjoined residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information, to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.
It therefore reaffirmed its undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through various dedicated numbers