The Nigeria Army has assured residents of South West that there is no cause for alarm over rumoured threats of terror attack by the Islamic sect Boko Haram.
Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, asked residents not to lose sleep as the military and other security agencies are monitoring the situation with all seriousness.
Abubakar, in a statement on Sunday, restated that coordinated attacks on Boko Haram by the military had left the sect weakened and incapable of carrying out any attack, either in the South-West or in any part of the country.
“While the military and other security agencies have made tremendous successes in degrading and decimating the terrorists who are now in disarray having lost their centre of gravity, camps and their source of logistics, it would be unthinkable to raise these unfounded rumours of Boko Haram terrorists planning attack in not only in the West but any other part of the country for that matter.
“The coordination and synergy between the military and other security services, which led to the arrest of some ringleaders of the terrorists in some states is instructive to their incapability to wage any coordinated attack.
“However, the general public are requested to always be wary of suspicious individuals or groups in their localities and to report such to security agencies for prompt action as this war is Nigeria versus Boko Haram terrorists hence, requires collective contribution of all Nigerians for timely ending of this terrorism.
“The Armed Forces is using this medium to appeal to the good citizens of Nigeria particularly in the western part of the country not to lose sleep over the unfounded and fictitious reports and to go about their normal and legitimate businesses as the Defence Headquarters and other security agencies are monitoring the situation with all seriousness.”
Less than three weeks after Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General. Tukur Buratai, released the names and pictures of 100 terrorists and declared them wanted, eagle-eyed security men apprehended Chindi Bello, who was on the list, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Chindi was arrested as he attempted to board an Aero Contractor plane heading for Lagos.
In a related development, on June 25, 2014, between 20 and 50 suspected Boko Haram members were apprehended at Obollo Afor, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State. Security operatives allegedly recovered bags with army uniforms, some weapons and other items.
Similarly, between July 21 and July 23 this year, a detachment of 81 Division of the Army arrested 42 suspected Boko Haram suspects in various parts of Lagos and Ogun States. Since Buratai released the pictures of the suspected terrorists on October 27, three have so far been arrested. Agency report.