The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello on Thursday warned residents in the Capital City to take the recent advice on plans by terrorists to bomb Abuja and other cities seriously saying the threats by Boko Haram is real.
CP Bello however noted that the Police will work with other security agencies to ensure that the threat is nipped in the bud as strategies are already being put in place to counter the threat.
Recall that consequent upon the warnings by the US and UK governments to their citizens on plots to bomb Abuja and six other cities, the Inspector-General of Police directed Commissioners of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and personnel in the states to be on red alert.
The IG also directed the CPs in the states to hold stakeholders’ meetings with the people in order to proffer possible ways of tackling the threat.
During the FCT version of the stakeholders’ forum on Thursday in Abuja, CP Bello disclosed that security agencies were working hard to neutralize the terrorists plot, adding that towards this end steps are already being put in place to keep the states safe from terrorists’ attacks.
Bello’s words, “The threat to attack the city is real; however, we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful Yuletide.”
“We are doing a lot, but we don’t want to mention the strategy so that the men of the underworld don’t take advantage of it.
“We are doing a lot, especially with our sister security agencies. We have already mapped out strategies and we have already commenced that.
“It may involve massive raids, massive visibility policing, vigorous stop-and-search and we would also embark on intelligence gathering
CP Bello also urged members of the public to volunteer useful information that could assist the security agencies to prevent the attack.
“Police work is not magic, we depend on members of the public to make contribution and that is why we are urging members of the public to come up with useful information that would help us nip crimes in the bud” he said.
“If they see people of questionable character and suspicious movement, they should come to us quickly because we want to take necessary measures to prevent the actualization of the threat”, he added.
The United States and the United Kingdom missions in Nigeria had warned of possible attacks in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe states by Boko Haram insurgents.
The US Mission Abuja has advised all citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal capital territory (FCT), from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and be sensitive to know when you are being followed.
Once again avoid large crowds. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.