Terrorists, Bandits Planning to Attack FCT, Lagos, Kogi, 3 Other States – NSCDC

 

Alt: = "Boko Haram terrorists"

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has placed all its state commands on alert,  following intelligence reports that Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, are plotting to attack the nation’s capital, Abuja, Lagos and 5 other states.

This was contained in a leaked memo, dated July 25 and signed by the Deputy Commandant General, DCG, Operations, Dauda Mungadi, which was addressed to all state commands of the NSCDC.

According to the memo, intelligent reports received by the corps revealed that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons like “Rocket Propelled Grenades, RPG, launchers, Anti-Aircraft, AA, guns and General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGS” for the attacks.

The targeted states include, Lagos, Kastina, Zamfara, Kaduna Kogi and FCT.

The memo read:  “We have received credible intelligence that Boko-Haram and the ISWAP terrorist groups have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons, particularly Rocket Propelled Grenades, RPG, launchers, Anti-Aircraft, AA, guns and General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGS, which they intend to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State.

“In another development, two separate bandit groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North-Central and South-West (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos), respectively.

“Consequently the Commandant-General has directed you to scale up deployment in all strategic places including schools, worship centres and critical national assets in your respective states to checkmate any possible threats by these criminal elements. Please treat as urgent.”

This is coming after troops of 7 Guards Battalion and 176 Battalion of Guards Brigade were attacked on Sunday by terrorists in Abuja, in which military sources have confirmed, yesterday, it lost 1 captain, and that a Lieutenant and five soldiers were still missing

Vanguard reported  that military source said  while those who sustained injuries during the ambush were receiving medical attention at a military medical facility in Abuja, efforts were ongoing to locate and rescue the missing officers.

The source, however, said there might be possibility that some of the missing soldiers may have paid the supreme price but noted that until they were found, they would still be considered as missing in action, MIA.

The spokesman of Guards Brigade, Captain Godfrey Abakpa, had confirmed, on Monday, that terrorists ambushed troops attached to the Presidential Guards Brigade, as they were conducting patrols in Bwari area, as a result of intelligence that the Nigeria Law School, Bwari, may be attacked.

It was also reported that Authorities of the Law School had alerted the public that terrorists had dropped a letter indicating an imminent attack.

Captain Abakpa said it was when troops responded to the fears of the Law School and residents of the area that the terrorists attacked the troops who were already combing the vicinity to locate and flush out the terrorists.

“However, the Nigerian Army said last night it recorded three casualties when its troops from the guards brigade’s 7 battalion were attacked by terrorists in Abuja on Sunday.

Godfrey Abakpa, spokesperson of the brigade, said no soldier was abducted by the terrorists, but noted that the troops recorded three casualties in the encounter.

“No soldier was abducted; we only had three casualties and they were evacuated,” he said.

He also said the troops had dislodged ‘the criminals’ from the area and had continued an exploitation operation within the vicinity of the attack.

IGP orders deployment of additional assets, manpower to fortify Abuja’s security

In response to this, Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, ordered the deployment of additional assets to beef up security in Abuja.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who revealed this in Abuja, said the Police was leaving no stone unturned to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the FCT.

“We are not leaving any stone unturned to fortify the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.

“The IGP has ordered additional deployment of assets to strategic areas of the FCT, while the Force Intelligence Bureau has been charged on robust intelligence gathering and information sharing among other agencies.

“All residents of the FCT are urged to synergise and be on the same page with the Police and other security agencies in making sure that we forestall any ugly incidences in and around the FCT.”

The late Captain Samuel Attah is said to be the son of a retired Colonel in the Nigerian Army, Col. Ahmodu Babanawa, who hails from Ibaji/Okpo in Olamaboro Local Government Area.

Late Attah was from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.

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