The Federal Government and the security services of Nigeria alerted that the Islamist Boko Haram sect intends to bomb the Federal Capital Territory using hijacked petrol tankers, TheNation reports.
This has been revealed by the Department of State Security Services (DSSS), which referenced intelligence reports about terrorists’ activities, on June 18, 2014, Wednesday.
The DSSS informed that Boko Haram members may capture the petrol tankers, fill them with explosives and use them for a suicide bomb attack. The terrorists might select various targets in Abuja and may accomplish the deadly mission in the nearest future.
DG NOA, Mr Mike Omeri, speaking at the official opening of a NIN enrollment center inside the NOA HQ in Abuja. Photo credit – NIMC
Both Marilyn Ogar, the DSS Deputy Director, and Mike Omeri, National Information Centre Coordinator, confirmed it on the daily briefing in Abuja, urged Nigerians to stay on alert, especially when they notice a suspicious tanker, which is being driven in a dangerous manner.
Omeri also urged the Petrol Tankers Association (PTA) to be on the red alert, advised PTA members to notify the security services immediately about any attempt to seize, hijack their vehicles.
The NIC Coordinator further urged Nigerians to report about any broken down tanker in any part of the FCT to security agencies.
Omeri further commented on Monday’s arrest of 486 people in Abia state, suspected of links with Boko Haram. He assured that the screening of nabbed travellers was not targeted at any particular individual or group, but was aimed at ensuring the general security of the country.
The capital of city of the country has become a target for Boko Haram insurgents for multiple times, if we recall the deadly Nyanya Motor Park bombing on April 14 and a repeat May Day explosion.
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