The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has sounded the alarm over plans by Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and bandits to attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some states in the country.
In a memo, the Deputy Commanding General (DCG) of NSCDC Operations, Dauda Mungadi, alerted all Corps State Commands that two separate bandit groups had entered into plans to attack Abuja and other states.
The memo titled “Intensified Plots by Terrorists to Organize Coordinated Attacks in Parts of the Country” was released on July 25.
“We have received credible information that Boko-Haram and ISWAP terrorist groups have mobilized fighters and large caliber weapons, in particular rocket launchers (RPGs), anti-aircraft guns (AA) and general purpose machine guns (GPMGS) that they intend to use. to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State.
“In another development, two separate bandit groups are planning coordinated attacks on the North West, North Central and South West (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos), respectively,” the memo reads. .
The alert revealed that the two sects possessed sophisticated weaponry for targets in Katsina State.
Civil Defense has directed its personnel to increase deployment to schools, worship centers and critical national assets in their respective states to checkmate possible threats from criminal elements.
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The memo comes after terrorists ambushed the presidential guard brigade along the Kubwa-Bwari road in Abuja.
This was the second attack on the Presidential Guard Brigade in a month.
The elite arm of the Nigerian military is tasked with protecting the president.
Earlier, on July 6, gunmen attacked Buhari’s forward convoy, which included troops from the Presidential Guard Brigade, in Katsina State.
Two convoy officers were shot.
NSCDC DCG Operations, in the memo, also advised all state commands to protect public places and government facilities across the country.
Amos Abba is a journalist at the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in society.