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Police deny Abuja is under attack by terrorists

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The Nigeria Police Force has insisted that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is not under attack by Boko Haram terrorists as bandied around social media.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, for the FCT Police Command said this in a statement.

Mariam said the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma, urged residents to remain calm and ensure they verify any information before circulating it to avoid creating panic among members of the public.

The statement read, “The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the ‘Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists’.

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“The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.

“Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April 2021, where the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/patrols.*

“However, the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.

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“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.”

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