The Federal Government has refuted allegations of a probable foreign terrorist strike on Abuja during the holiday season.
The safety and security of Abuja and its citizens, according to Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, is guaranteed, and there are no external threats.
Aregbesola said this in an interview with State House correspondents on Friday, following an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Abuja, which was chaired by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He said, “I have given you the outcome of the Security Council meeting, but to your question, there is not any threat to the safety and security of Abuja.
“Abuja is secure and very safe. If there was a leak, as you mentioned, it could just be an operational alert that doesn’t require any worry or concern.
Speaking further on the outcome of the meeting, the minister said, “The Council has mandated us to assure Nigerians of their safety, of their security and enduring peace for the period of the festivities.”
According to a trusted source, security services in Abuja, including the Nigeria Immigration Service, have increased security after receiving a warning from the Presidency about a planned terrorist strike during the Christmas break.
This was according to a letter sent to all sector commanders and border patrol corps across the country on December 23, 2021, signed by the Land Border Patrol Commander, Edirin Okoto, on behalf of the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Idris Jere.
The NIS notified its officers in a letter headlined ‘Terrorists Plan Attacks In Abuja,’ that the information on the upcoming attack came from the Presidency, who stated that the terrorists were coming from Mali, one of them had a diplomatic passport.