There was panic over the weekend in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the seat of power over a leaked intelligence report of the likely existence of Boko Haram camps in Abuja and its enviros.
The terror group is also believed to have also set up camps in Kogi and Nasarawa — states sharing boundaries with the FCT.
Security agents last night urged the people to go about their lawful duties with an assurance of protection, having put operatives on the red alert.
There were indications that the military and other security agencies have mounted surveillance on movement into Abuja from surrounding states such as Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, and Kaduna.
An internal memo of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), which leaked to the public on Saturday, created the anxiety in the nation’s capital.
The memo, signed by the Deputy Comptroller (Enforcement Headquarters) and dated August 20, said: “Information reaching the Comptroller-General of Customs (C66) reveals the existence of Boko Hamm Terrorist Camps (BHTs) in and around the Federal Capital Territory.
“Further reports have it that,they are planning to attack some selected targets within the territory. They are reported to have set up their camps in the following identified enclaves;
- Kunyam Bush along airport road off DIA Staff Quarters Abuja
- Robochi/Gwagwalada Forest
- Kwaku Forest Kuje -Abuja
- Unaisha Forest in Toto Local Government of Nasarawa State
- Gegu Forest close to Idu Town in Kogi State
“Consequently, you are to be at alert and security conscious in your environment at all times. Ensure wide circulation of this, please.”
As soon as the memo became public knowledge on Saturday, it was widely shared to worship places, groups, restaurants and others, leading to disquiet in the city.
Some restaurants and malls on Sunday initiated precautionary measures with extra screening procedures.
Some high-profile restaurants in Wuse II, which normally operate on Sunday, but shut their doors to monitor the situation.