Crime and Security

Boko Haram pencils Abuja, Plateau for attack – IGP

Boko Haram pencils Abuja, Plateau for attack – IGP


Abuja and Jos, the plateau state capital have been penciled for attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has warned.

The police boss issued the red alert to the police commissioners in both cities, claimed that intelligence reports revealed that the terrorists are fine-tuning plans to storm both cities.

A memo dated May 19, was sent to both commissioners of police by the IGP who said both Muhammad Sani, a Boko Haram commander based in Sambisa Forest, and his deputy, Suleiman, who is based in Lawan Musa Zango, Gashua, Yobe State, are spare-heading the planned attacks.

Baba ordered the CPs to review their security architecture and beef up security around government facilities in Abuja and Jos.

The memo read in parts

“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 this marauding terrorists.

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

The police boss warning is coming only weeks after Niger State Governor Sani Bello raised the alarm that the country’s capital is unsafe because Boko Haram fighters have mounted their flag in a town in Niger state which is two hours away from Abuja.

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