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Boko Haram in Abuja: Nigerian Army assures safety of residents

Nigerian Army has reacted to the alleged relocation of Boko Haram fighters to the forest of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kogi States preparatory for attacks.

In a statement issued and signed by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, urged residents of the affected areas not to panic, revealing that intelligence was ongoing to nip the criminals in the bud.

The statement said: “The Defence Headquarters wish to reassure residents of FCT and other adjoining States that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have been on red alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance of the Federal Capital Territory and other States of the country.

“This is imperative sequel to a purported memorandum from the Nigeria Customs Service warning its staff on a possible attack on the FCT. The Armed Forces of Nigeria working together with other security and response agencies particularly the core intelligence agencies hereby assure the general public that preventive and preemptive intelligence are ongoing. The general public is thus advised to go about their lawful businesses undeterred.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies wish to assure the general public that the offensives against the common enemies of this nation will not cease until normalcy is restored in all parts of the country. Hence, the general public is equally enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity accordingly.

CAPITAL POST reports on Saturday that Boko Haram insurgents have relocated to “Kunyan bush along airport road, off DIA staff quarters, Abuja, Robochi/Gwagwalada forest, Kwaku forest Kure, Umaisha forest in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Gegu forest close to Idu Town in Kogi State.

The Nigeria Customs Service was quoted as saying as preemptive measure and warning to their officials and Nigerians.

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