The Joint Security Team charged with providing security in the federal capital, Abuja has dismissed as erroneous reports of an imminent Boko Haram attack on Abuja. The rebuttal came as the team disclosed that it had mobilized motor-cycles, horses and other alternative strategies to mobilise intelligence and checkmate the activities of bandits in the federal capital.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the assurance came against the background of lamentations of the activities of terrorists in areas surrounding the Federal Capital.
Governor Sani Bello of Niger State had recently lamented that Boko Haram terrorists had planted their flag in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. GreenWhiteGreen GWG also reports that Senator Clifford Ordia, PDP Edo Central had last week lamented how he was attacked by gunmen twice while traveling from his constituency to Abuja last Monday. The attacks were in Kogi neighbour Abuja and also within the FCT.
However, assuring that Abuja remained safe, FCT Joint Security Team comprising of security agencies in Abuja led by the FCT Commissioner for police, Bala Ciroma in a statement rebuffing the media reports that Abuja was under threat of Boko Haram attack, said:
“The Joint 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/patrols.
“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.
“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.
“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes to reaffirm our undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 or 112.”