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Boko Haram plots attack on N’Assembly

By Alph Nwosu

Thursday May 6, 2021

 

A plot by elements of the Boko Haram insurgents to attack the National Assembly Complex and other government establishments in and around the Federal Capital Territory FCT has been uncovered.

This was disclosed in a security alert notice made available to all the federal lawmakers.

The notice, a copy of which was obtained by The Punch correspondent, was sent to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, other principal officers and all members of the House.

The ‘security alert’, dated May 4, 2021, was issued by Chairman of the House Committee on Internal Security, National Assembly, Mr Usman  Shiddi.

It was titled ‘Re: planned insurgent attacks on VIP locations, government facilities and assets in Abuja.’

The alert read, “I refer to the above subject of which a copy of the intelligence report from the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force in the National Assembly Complex has been made available to my office.

“The report indicates planned insurgent attacks by some elements of Boko Haram on some VIP locations, government facilities and assets in Abuja, including the National Assembly complex.

“In view of the above intelligence, I have considered it paramount to advise that all members should, henceforth, use the presidential gate for ingress and egress.

“This is to avoid the unforeseen congestions that are sometimes encountered at the main gates, since such congestions could easily be the targets for these insurgent elements.

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“Security agencies are, however, actively on top of the issue to unravel and to contain the intended menace. Accept the assurances of my highest regards, please.”

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In view of the above report, security has been beefed up around all government establishments and most VIP locations in and around the FCT.

At the National Assembly complex, soldiers have joined the regular sergeants-at-arms and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps to man all the gates going in and out of the complex.

The Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello, had on April 26, 2021, raised the alarm over Boko Haram terrorists taking over a parts of the state, hoisting their flag in Kaure village from where they had made incursions into more than 50 villages.

Bello  said Abuja was not safe, with Boko Haram’s presence in Kaure – a two- hour drive from the Federal Capital Territory.

He said, “I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements here in Niger State. Here in Kaure, I am confirming that they have hoisted their flags here.”

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