Police authorities in the country have confirmed a bomb threat to Abuja by Boko Haram which the American and UK Embassies disclosed last week.
The foreign embassies had last week warned its citizens in Nigeria to beware of an imminent bomb attack in Abuja and six states – Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Jigawa states. The embassies also warned their citizens to steer clear of crowded areas, especially places of religious worship, hotels and shopping malls.
According to The Punch, the FCT Commissioner, Sadiq Bello confirmed the bomb threat to Abuja, saying that security agencies would continue to liaise with the people to thwart terrorist attacks on soft targets.
He added that the police would continue to partner with sister security agencies to ensure safety and security of all Nigerians.
In a stakeholder’s meeting with the people of Abuja on Thursday, Bello reportedly said: “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.”