A senior staff at NPF (Nigeria Police Force) has said the threat to attack the Federal Capital Territory and environs by Boko Haram is real, however assured Nigerians that officers of NPF, in collaboration with other security agencies will do everything possible to maintain peace this Yuletide.
This follows a warning from United States and the United Kingdom to all Americans and Britons in Nigeria of possible Boko Haram’s attacks on the FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe states
Both nation also warned its citizens in Nigeria to avoid crowded places including shopping malls, gardens and hotels which could be targeted by the terrorists.
Acknowledging these warnings from U.S and U.K’s security team, the Inspector-General of Police, Sadiq Bello has put the Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and personnel in the states on red alert.
The IG directed the CPs in the states to hold stakeholders’ meetings with the people in order to proffer possible ways of tackling the threat.
Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum on Thursday in Abuja, Bello said that security agencies were working hard to thwart the Boko Haram’s plot, adding that various strategies were being executed to keep the states safe from terrorists’ attacks.
Bello said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Bello also urged members of the public to volunteer useful information that could assist the security agencies to prevent the attack. He said, “Police work is not magic, we depend on members of the public to make contribution and that is why we are urging members of the public to come up with useful information that would help us nip crimes in the bud.”