FCT Police Strengthens Security After Dispelling Reports Of Terrorist Attacks In Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigerian Police has denied social media reports that a terrorist attack was planned against particular targets in the nation’s capital.
Several social media accounts tweeted a “security alert” warning of upcoming terrorist strikes in the FCT.
In a statement on Thursday evening, July 21, the command’s spokesperson, DSP Josephine Adeh, called the reports “erroneous news as a result of misguided and attention-seeking persons.”
The PPRO advised locals to carry out their legal responsibilities without fear of attack, noting that the command has increased personnel deployments to the aforementioned regions and is performing increased surveillance and monitoring to thwart any attacks.
“The Federal Capital Territory Police (FCT) Command’s attention has been drawn to a series of false writings tagged “security alert” that have been circulating on the well-known social media platform WhatsApp and many other platforms. These writings suggest an ongoing plan and coordination of a terrorist attack on some areas, social, and crucial infrastructures in the FCT, according to the statement.
The false information was spread by misinformed and attention-seeking persons with the intention of instilling fear and dread in the minds of the locals. The mountains and hills in question have recently seen a significant deployment of tactical and intelligence assets from the Police and sister security agencies sweeping through them on intelligence gathering exercises and dislodging the potential residence of criminal elements, an exercise that is promised to be sustained, so it is unfounded and should be disregarded.
“It has been found that hunting activities have been one of the misconstrued activities on the hills and mountains in some of the locations so described, while critically examining the allegation with a view to identify its core cause and validity. Therefore, in an effort to calm public anxiety, the Police have ceased such actions in coordination with traditional authorities in these areas.
Additionally, prior to the publication of these inaccurate write-ups, the police and sister security organizations deployed sufficient personnel and material resources to proactively safeguard these infrastructures, which may have been mistakenly interpreted as a precursor to a planned terrorist assault.
“In light of the foregoing, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Babaji Sunday psc, desires to declare that these localities and the FCT as a whole are safe while assuring residents of the command’s unwavering commitment to lowering crime and criminality in the Territory to its bare minimum. He consequently exhorts the general public to carry out their legal obligations without being concerned about harassment or molestation of any type or from any source.
In addition to the aforementioned deployments, there has been increased monitoring and surveillance in the areas highlighted in the viral write-ups. The Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk can be reached at 0902 222 2352. Residents are therefore asked to be cautious and report any suspicious or irregular occurrence to the Police using the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883. ”