Terrorists’ Plot to Attack Abuja: Security operatives arrest 20
By Abigail Ojo
Security operatives have arrested some 20 terrorist members of Ansaru Islamist terrorists in Abuja. This is coming barely one week after intelligence unit of the Nigerian Customs revealed that some armed extremists were planning to attack the Federal Capital territory. The security operatives said the Ansaru Islamists are working with some Fulani collaborators.
Ansaru Islamist Terrorist also known as Protection of Muslims in Africa especially the Black Africans. Security operatives said the group had already set up operatives in Abuja forests.
After surveillance and interrogations, the armed groups were said to be planning to attack Abuja with targets on worship centres.
The group had attacked the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum, Umar Bubaram, in Kaduna in January during which 30 people were killed and scores kidnapped. Four of those killed were aides of the Emir who managed to escape the attack.
Further investigations by the security operatives shows that Ansaru terror sect was behind various incidents of kidnapping for ransom in the FCT through which they were raising money to fund their terror campaigns.
Over 30 people hadve been kidnapped in many communities in Abuja particularly Kwali, Kuje and Gwagalada area in the past 15 months.
In a statement made by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Maj. Gen. John Enenche on Sunday assured Nigerians that preventive intelligence is ongoing to thwart the plot.
The FCT Police Command, Spokesman, Anjuguri Manza, reassured members of the public that it (Command) had deployed proactive intelligence-gathering mechanism and crime-fighting measures to beef up security in Abuja.