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FCT Task force says Abuja not under Boko Haram attack, release numbers for distress call

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The Joint Security Team charged with the responsibility of security the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has dispelled online reports that Abuja was under Boko Haram attacks.

The reaction followed a viral publication on Sunday that Abuja and its environs was under heavy attack of the Boko Haram terrorists, describing the publication as fake news.

The spokesperson of the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force, ASP Mariam Yusuf in a statement to journalists said, all law abiding citizens should go about their normal duties.

The statement noted that the publication was borne out of mischief in order to create panic among the FCT residents.

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“The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a publication in the social media purporting that the Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram terrorists.

“The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.

“Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HoSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April 2021, where the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.

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“However, the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.

“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify the information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public

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“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes to reaffirm its undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers:

08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, 08028940883 or 112.”

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