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Security Alert over BHT: Plateau and FCT Are Safe, no cause for panic – IGP assures citizens.

Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba has assured citizens of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Plateau State and other contiguous States, of safety and security as they go about their lawful day-to-day activities. 

The IGP’s assurance is coming on the heels of the unintended, viral spread of an internal directive issued to the Commissioners of Police in Plateau State and FCT Commands to forestall any likelihood of attack or breach of security by organized criminal elements in their Areas of Responsibilities (AOR).   

Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba in a statement said, “The IGP’s directive, which is a deliberate, intelligence-driven and proactive measure, is designed to prepare the law enforcement community for comprehensive response to any threat to lives and property. 

“The IGP noted that the security alert, rather than becoming a source of panic to the citizens, should instead send a message of re-assurance to them about the intelligence depth, capacity and operational preparedness of the Nigeria Police to pre-emptively deal and contain any threat to public peace and security. 

“The alert does not in any way suggest that an attack is imminent in any of the two States. 

“The Police High Command therefore calls for calm, urging citizens to go about their normal activities with renewed sense of vigour, patriotism and vigilance as the Police continues to work with other relevant stakeholders to keep our public space safe.”

 Recall that the IGP had put the Commissioners of Police in the Federal Capital Territory and Plateau State on immediate alert over planned attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

In a signal dated May 19, 2021, with reference number TB: 0900/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.TI/47 titled ‘Terror Elements to Expand Frontiers of Attack’ and addressed to the two commissioners of police, the IGP directed the commissioners to review their security architecture and beef up security around government facilities particularly in Abuja and Jos.

The circular signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, acting CP Idowu Owohunwa, also stated that the intelligence report revealed that terrorists are planning to attack other major cities not mentioned, in addition to Abuja and Jos, Plateau State.

Part of the circular reads: “Intelligence report at the disposal of the inspector-general of police has uncovered plans by Boko Haram terrorists to attack major cities in the country, particularly in Jos, Plateau and the FCT, Abuja.

“The proposed attacks would be coordinated by the duo of Muhammad Sani, a Boko Haram commander, domiciled in Sambisa Forest and his deputy, Suleiman, hibernating around Lawan Musa Zango, Gashua, Yobe State.

“In light of the above, it is the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you review your security architecture across all critical government infrastructures and police facilities in your jurisdiction with a view to checkmating the dastardly plans of these marauding terrorists.

“Accept the assurances of my warmest regards, please.”

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