Rtd. General Andrew Owoeye Azazi, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser said today that the security alert issued by the USA Embassy on Sunday, to the effect that the Islamic jihadists known as Boko Haram, who masterminded attacks in Damaturu, capital city of Yobe State and in Maiduguri, capital city of Borno state last Friday, were planning more attacks in public locations in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, was unnecessarily spreading fears in the country.
Azazi regretted that the security alert is unnecessarily causing tension in the country. He advised Nigerians and foreigners living in Nigeria to go about their normal businesses without fear, assuring them that the government will continue to protect lives and properties.
The National Security Adviser dismissed the alert as old rumour that has been in circulation.
chidi opara reports network members in Abuja report that most of Abuja’s luxury hotels are without their usual busy atmospheres.
Military patrol vehicles filled with soldiers were noticed in the vicinity of the Sheraton Hotel.
Police bomb disposal units were seen around the Abuja Central Mosque.
chidi opara reports could not confirm information about “stop and search operations” in the Asokoro area, reportedly being conducted by a combined team of Police, Military and State Security Service(SSS) operatives at the time of preparing this report.