Abuja: A capital besieged by bandits as residents live in perpetual fear

… worrying signals from Abuja, Kwara, Niger, Lagos

The main reason for the relocation of the capital of Nigeria from Lagos to Abuja has been defeated on all fronts as the seat of power is under serious threat from bandits.

The reason given was simply that Lagos was vulnerable to outside invasion from the sea, while Abuja, surrounded by rocks, is much safer.

Another excuse is the fact that Lagos was a border town and it was not sure if a border town had a capital.

The Federal Capital Territory is surrounded by so many rocks that make it impenetrable to invaders, even the Presidential Palace of Nigeria is said to be inside Aso Rock, which makes it impossible for any bandit or terrorist to dare to invade.

But events over the past two weeks point to a singular fact: despite the rocky nature of the seat of power, outside aggressors could throw stones from afar and cause further panic because not everyone in the capital is sleeping. more than two eyes. firm.

In this analysis of the news, TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) will look at the turmoil that insecurity has caused in different parts of the country, especially the city hosting the seat of government.

The first dire security scare that made residents think twice about whether to stay in Abuja or move quickly came when Captain Samuel Attah and his troops were ambushed and neutralized by bandits in Bwari 20 years ago. barely two weeks.

The nerve-wracking part of it all was that they were members of the elite presidential force known for their bravery.

As if that were not enough, another attack took place near the mythical Zuma Rock and these valiant soldiers also at the military checkpoint were members of the same presidential elite force.

These two developments over the past two weeks have made the capital surrounded by rocks unsafe as both incidents occurred within 100 km of Abuja township. Bwari Regional Council is on the outskirts of Abuja and Zuma Rock can be seen from afar from most satellite towns on the outskirts of Abuja such as Zuba, Dede, Kaigini, Kubwa and Bwari where the first attack took place. venue.

The only good news coming from the capital is the fact that the police announced that security was tightened in all the surrounding states of Abuja.

FCT Chief of Police, Commissioner of Police Sunday Babaji had explained that with the move, security officers from neighboring states and the FCT would carry out the attack in the enclaves of the terrorists terrorizing their territories.

Neighboring states are Niger, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Benue and Plateau.

Babaji believed the action would help secure the FCT adequately.

He reportedly said this in a statement by FCT chief press secretary Anthony Ogunleye on Thursday evening.

The statement read in part: “In order to improve security in the nation’s capital, the CTF administration has taken steps to reinvigorate G7 security operations, which involves security collaboration and partnerships with States contiguous to the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the PC FCT, the revitalization of G7 security operations will see the start of security actions and procedures by G7 members, which will consist of leading the fight against bandits and terrorists in their camps who are mostly located in states bordering the FCT.

“The Commissioner of Police, however, called for the collaboration and cooperation of FCT residents whom he urged to provide actionable and timely intelligence to security agencies while calling on them to be security conscious at all times.”

He also assured residents of their safety and urged them to go about their lawful activities.

Babaji added, “I also assure them that the FCT is safe. Every member of the community should go about their lawful business.

“We are above the situation. We have deployed our men both openly and covertly and we are doing everything we can in synergy with all security agencies, with the support of our traditional leaders and religious leaders to ensure that the FCT is safe,” he said. he rocks.

The Minister’s Senior Special Assistant on Security, Ambassador Abu Mohammed, while corroborating the CP, revealed the readiness of the heads of security agencies of neighboring states to actively participate in G7 operations.

He also called on residents to beware of fake news, especially on social media, which is designed to cause panic among citizens.

Kwara:
Kwara’s signals are not too good as police have alleged that bandits are already occupying strategic areas of the state.

Read the full state memo:

Deputy Inspector General of Police,
Nigerian Police,
Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB),
Area 10, Garki,
Abuja.

The police commissioner,
Department of Finance and Administration,
Nigerian Police,
state seat,
Ilorin.

INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON THE BANDITS MOVEMENT.
The Office has received information on the movement of some bandits/kidnappers numbering approximately 112 who will travel two each on motorcycles while their weapons and ammunition will be transported by a truck loaded with disguised food.
The source further reveals that the route they will take will include but not be limited to Kebbi State via Kanba, Malavi to Benin Republic. The movement is expected to begin on August 1 and 2, 2022 around 11:00 p.m.
It is pertinent to note that they already have a base in the Kainji Lake National Park which shares the border with about four states namely Kebbi State, Niger State, Kwara State and South Africa respectively. State of Oyo.

They have concluded plans to use Kwara State National Park Forest Reserve as their main base and part of Kisi and Igbeti in Oyo State as they already have underground hideouts in Naanu near the reserve of Rafin Kunama, Kwara State.
2. In another development, a reliable source sighted two suspected bandits on a motorbike carrying RPG machine guns with round chains in Kagondabi village via Moro LGA Kwara State. Kagondabi village is the last settlement in Ejidongari district, and it is accessible via Gaa-Dasu via Sabongada in Bode-Saadu, Moro LGA Kwara State.
3. Intel also claims that the Yikpata NYSC camp located at Edu LGA Kwara is highly porous and prone to attack anytime from now on as the bandits are said to be hibernating in the forest surrounding the camp.
4. PROJECTION: From the above, it is obvious that Kwara is very vulnerable at the moment and could soon face bandit attacks.
5. SUGGESTION: In this context, it is necessary for the command to urgently liaise with the state government and activate proactive measures to neutralize this threat.
ii. Acpols, Dpos and Hods in the State be aware of this development and be instructed to strengthen their respective AORs to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
6. In the meantime, the Office will keep monitoring and report back promptly.
Above for your necessary action, please.

ELECTRONIC SIGNED
CSP YUSUF ABDULRAHEM,
OFFICER IN CHARGE, SIB,
KWARA STATE COMMAND,
ILORIN.

Niger:

As for the State of Niger which was the stepping stone of the bandits after Kaduna and Katsina.

It is alleged that a 24-hour curfew has been imposed and no movement in areas considered red dots.

Lagos:

Police in the former capital have been put on red alert for fear of an imminent invasion by bandits.

The Lagos Police Command said it has placed the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) on high alert following threats by terrorists to attack some states in Nigeria including Lagos.

According to the state police commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, the command works closely with sister security agencies to ensure that no person or group of people succeeds in destabilizing the peace and serenity enjoyed by the good. people of Lagos State.

In a statement signed Sunday by the command’s spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin said Abiodun Alabi had allayed Lagosians’ fears “that all human, material and operational resources have been fully and optimally deployed throughout and the extent of the state, especially in the border towns. , to ensure that there is absolutely no breach of the peace.

Alabi noted that following the carefully laid out security plans and strategies, all residents of Lagos State are urged to carry out their lawful duties without panic or fear.

He also urged residents to “remain very vigilant and report suspicious movements and people to security agencies”.

“Command is not ignoring intelligence reports suggesting that Lagos State may be on the radar of some people planning attacks across the country.

“To this end, CP Abiodun Alabi has placed the Command’s State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) on high alert alongside all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders, the all with the aim of ensuring that any possible planned attack is quickly and definitively nipped in the bud,” the statement read in part.

Civil Protection Alert:

Also last week, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) put all of its state commands on high alert following intelligence reports that elements of the Boko Haram terrorists as well as those of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) province have escalated plots to attack the national capital, Abuja and five other states, including Lagos.

In the leaked memo dated July 25 and signed by the Deputy Commander General of DCG Operations, Dauda Danladi Mungadi, which was addressed to all NSCDC State Commands, the Corps said that two separate groups of bandits had also concluded plans to attack Abuja and others.

Security scares started raining down at an alarming rate after the July 5 attack on Kuje Correctional Facility, when terrorists stormed the facility and rescued their members.

There are so many questions that need answers about how the guards who were stationed around Kuje were withdrawn around the clock from the invasion.

The recent attacks in Zuma and Bwari also have a semblance of soldiers being discharged 24 hours before the attacks by the bandits or better still the terrorists

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Idris Wase had claimed there were 44 reports of the impending attack on Kuje Correctional Facility, but nothing was done.