Terrorists plan more attacks on Abuja, Lagos, others

By Tunde Joshua and Paul Michael, Abuja 

  • Sister of slain Army Captain seeks help
  • Yoruba group berates Buhari 

Terrorists and bandits have concluded plans to attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi and Zamfara States.

Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Abubakar Audi, disclosed this in a security alert message signed by DCG Operations, DD Mungadi, to all the commands of the corps in the country.

Meanwhile, there was heavy gunfire at Ministers Hills Dangote Bridge in Abuja yesterday.

Audi said credible intelligence has revealed heightened plots by terrorists to stage coordinated attacks in parts of the country, especially North-west, North Central and Southwest.

According to him, the terrorists will be using assorted weapons like Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers, Anti-Aircraft guns and General Purpose Machine Guns.

Audi ordered state Commands to beef up security in schools, worship centres, and all national assets in preparation to repel any attack by the terrorists.

The message reads: “We have received credible intelligence that Boko-Haram and the ISWAP Terrorist groups have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons particularly Rocket propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers, Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGS) which they intend to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State.

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“In another development, two separate bandits groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos) respectively.

“Consequently the Commandant General has directed you scale up deployment in all strategic places including: Schools, Worship Centres and Critical National Assets in your respective states to checkmate any possible threats by these criminal elements. Please treat as urgent.”

There is currently tension in the FCT over plans by terrorists to attack public institutions and facilities, a plot which security sources claim the government was aware of.

Reports said the terrorists laid siege in the area with plans to attack the Nigeria Law School in Bwari Area Council.

The school management reportedly alerted the security forces that terrorists had dropped a letter indicating an imminent attack on it.

Recall that terrorists on Sunday ambushed troops of 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guards Brigade in Bwari, Abuja.

The attack left three soldiers wounded while eight were allegedly killed. Two of the slain personnel were said to be officers, including a captain and lieutenant, while the remaining were soldiers.

Atachegbe Rita Samuel, sister of the slain Captain, Samuel Attah, has expressed shock over the killing of the soldiers

In a tweet, the heartbroken sister said, “My pride, my hero, my beloved brother…Hmmm I lack words to express this dream. I can’t believe I am typing this. Rest in a very perfect peace. Captain Attah Samuel. God! God! God! Jesus help my family, my age parents. Ah! Only son! Who shall defend us.”

The Federal Government College in the Kwali Area Council of Abuja was shut after terrorists attacked some communities near the school. Other such unity schools have been shut.

Relatedly, a group has said that Nigerians are saddened and depressed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged display of unprecedented indifference to their suffering and haplessness in the face of ceaseless attacks by bandits and terrorists across the country.

The President was asked to live up to his billing as a retired military hierarch and act swiftly to save the citizenry who   entrusted their safety, security and general wellbeing in him.

The group, Yoruba Global Alliance, said this in a message entitled, “Buhari Must Act Today”  signed by High Chief Tola Adeniyi, Chairman of Council, and Dr. Amos Arogundade Akingba, National President.

The leading self-determination organization along with its allies, the Yoruba Global Congress as well as millions of Yoruba people at home and abroad called on Buhari to take immediate action to redeem his image.

The organisation said the video which has gone viral showing the dastardly treatment being meted out to the remaining abductees of the March 28, 2022 train bombardment along Abuja-Kaduna highway calls for immediate action by any responsible government.

They insisted that the horrendous humiliation, degradation and tortuous inhumanity which has pervaded the country’s entire landscape should stop.

The Alliance said: “that some rag-tag jackals in human form could descend to this abysmal fiendish bestiality and inflict punishment by flogging their victims shows to what extent terrorists in Nigeria disregard the government and security agencies in the land.

“What is it that has tied the hands of the security agencies? The entire areas where terrorists are holding sway are located in plains or Savanah grassland where there are no thick bushes or forests. Government has on many occasions admitted they know the locations of these bandits. They know their phone numbers. They know their leaders.

“It is unfortunate that Nigeria would allow their citizens to wallow in captivity right on Nigerian soil and governments, state and Federal, would be unconcerned and unsympathetic towards their plight.

“We call on Buhari to imagine for a moment if his only son was among those being gleefully flogged or if his beautiful daughters including stooge Malami’s 3rd wife were among those being bedraggled and humiliated in full glare of the camera. Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, Kwankwaso and other political shadow-chasers who are begging for people’s votes while the same citizenry is going through hell should march to Buhari in Aso Rock and demand an immediate intervention from the President and the Armed Forces he commands as Commander-in-Chief.

“President Buhari can use his executive powers to immediately flush out all the imported terrorists stationed in targets across the country, allow for immediate establishment of state police, stop the nonsensical ideas of RUGA and Water Bill, ban Okada operations throughout the country and perish the ruinous scheme of ethnic cleansing with view to handing over indigenous nationalities ancestral lands to some foreigners. If he can do these few things, his 7-year-old sins will be written off.

“The horrendous humiliation, degradation and tortuous inhumanity which has pervaded the country’s entire landscape should stop.”

The body reminded  Buhari that all those “flatterers, court jesters, sycophants and political jobbers milling round him and deceiving him will not be there with him on the Day of Judgment.”

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