The FCT Joint Security Team has described as “fake news”, a viral publication on social media alleging that the territory was going under heavy attack by the Boko Haram terrorists.
The joint security team was constituted for effective security coordination in Abuja and its environs in the wake of the worsening security situation in the country.
The Saturday’s purported terrorists attack on the FCT was highlighted on social media a few days after a security advisory issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria to its staff across the country.
The memo, addressed to all staff of the bank, among other things, warned them against irrelevant travels, keeping late nights and flamboyant lifestyles that would attract criminals infiltrating Abuja.
‘Siege report mischievous’
In a statement on Sunday, the spokesperson for the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), ASP Mariam Yusuf, said the alleged invasion of Abuja by terrorists was mischievous.
“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 bid to address security concerns within the FCT held a strategic meeting on Thursday, April 29, 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.
“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 FCT.
“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,” the statement said.
Source: Daily Trust