FCT, Environs Grip with Fear of Attack
There is widespread fear throughout the Federal Capital Territory and neighbouring states following allegations of terrorist attacks.
On Tuesday, many schools in the FCT abruptly closed, citing a government directive that ordered the action by Wednesday, due to perceived insecurity.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of neighbouring Nasarawa State similarly ordered the immediate closing of schools to prevent pupils from being attacked. raising already high tension
According to Governor Sule, the Nasarawa Government was aware of reports of security risks in communities bordering the FCT.
Earlier this week, the ministry of education ordered the closure of the Federal Government College Kwali due to insecurity in two suburbs of the Kwali areas council, near the institution.
The abrupt closure of the Roman Catholic-owned Veritas University, in Bwari Area Council, was also a red flag, however, the university said in a statement Wednesday that academic activity had been completed, therefore the shutdown.
It said that directions for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be performed at a date to be announced later,” stated Evelyn Obekpa, Public Relations Officer of Veritas University.
Students at the Nigerian Law School in Bwari, Abuja, have walked out following a threat of an attack by suspected terrorists demanding ransom in advance.
The threat has not been confirmed if it is genuine or a hoax, but the Vanguard newspaper reported on Wednesday that a letter was sent to the institution’s management demanding a ransom for 500 students, the director-general and 15 lecturers.
The danger comes just one week after an ambush on the presidential guards’ Brigade of Guards on the Kubwa-Bwari road.
It also comes after a torture video emerged of the kidnapped passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train, who had been held captive since March, went viral.
The video showed as the kidnappers flogged them, they begged the Nigerian and international governments for help.
In the video, they threatened to sell the captives as slaves, kill others, and boasted about kidnapping President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna state Governor Nasir el-Rufai, which the federal government dismissed as absurd.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the conclusion of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Senators have threatened President Buhari with impeachment proceedings. They handed him a six-week deadline to end insecurity or risk impeachment.
Opposition senators stormed out of plenary, chanting: “We are tired, Nigerians are being killed every day, Buhari must go.”
Rumours or real
Rumours of sporadic attacks in numerous areas have also surfaced, albeit no one has been able to determine the actual location of any of the alleged attacks.
The police have denied reports of intermittent shootings near the Minister’s Hill neighbourhood and the Dantata Bridge on Airport Road in Abuja.
The Federal Government, on the other hand, informed Nigerians that it is concerned and is taking steps to address the problem.
Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrences to the Police using the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk can be reached at 0902 222 2352, according to the police.