A plot by the Boko Haram sect to attack Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has been exposed.
THE SUN reports that the insurgents plan to launch their first attack on Suleja, Niger state, near Abuja, Gwagwalada, Garki, Central Business District, targeting public buildings and installations among others.
However, military sources say they are on the lookout for the militants who are planning to penetrate Abuja, through the Bwari/Kaduna, Abuja/Keffi, Abuja/Lokoja and Abuja/Kaduna axis.
The insider said the insurgents who have been foiled since their last attack at the Nyanya bus terminal, have made several attempts to break the relative peace in Abuja.
The source, who asked to be anonymous, told how a number of suspected Boko Haram members who tried to plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), during the National Economic Summit were imprisoned.
The insurgents would reportedly have carried out at least 15 attacks on different parts of the FCT since April if not for the military’s intervention.
According to sources the terrorists are not giving up on their plans, and their commanders are sending in foot soldiers to spy on the city and report back to them.
The military high command in Abuja is said to have declared the redeployment of some tough officers to head some units in the FCT to successfully fight the terrorists, and more Rapid Response Squad units have been positioned in virtually all the area councils in the nation’s capital to limit the threat of the insurgents.
Security is now concentrated on the satellite towns where the terrorists usually take shelter on arriving in the city, while several snap security checkpoints have also been set up at all the entry and exit points to Abuja.
The army says the measures are necessary to stop Boko Haram members from taking advantage of security lapses.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who assumed office on May 29 and recently marked 100 days, vowed to drive out Boko Haram from his country and crush it before the year’s end, but his government has so far failed to eliminate or even minimise the extremist group’s threat to Christians and Muslims alike.
On 14 April 2014 two bombs exploded in a crowded bus station 8 km southwest of central Abuja killing at least 88 people and injuring at least 200.