BY MARY KUYE
Nigeria Police Force has denied that the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory is under siege of Boko Haram, the Islamic dreaded terrorist group which had taken over and hoisted its flag in part of Borno State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam, in a statement Sunday said the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma, called for calmness.
He added that the information making the round on social media was not true, stressing that Nigerians should verify any information before circulating it.
His words: “The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the ‘Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists
“The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.
“Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April 2021, where the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/patrols.*
“However, the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.
“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify the information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.”