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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has raised an alarm over a planned attack on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Lagos states.
Our heritage reporter learnt that Katsina state, which is President Muhammadu Buhari’s homestate, is the main target.
The NSCDC stated that insurgents of the Boko Haram and its splinter, Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) have mobilised themselves and had equipped themselves with dangerous weapons like anti-aircraft guns and general purpose machine guns in preparation for the attacks.
These were contained in a leaked report signed by the Deputy Commandant General Controller in charge of Operations, DD Mungadi, addressed to all commands dated July 25.
“We have received credible intelligence that Boko-Haram and the ISWAP terrorist groups have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons particularly Rocket-propelled Grenade launchers, Anti-Aircraft guns, and General Purpose Machine Guns which they intend to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State,” the report reads in part.
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The NSCDC said from the intelligence gathered, terrorists had equipped themselves with dangerous weapons like Anti-aircraft guns and general-purpose machine guns, among others, in preparation for the attack on President Buhari’s home state.
These were contained in a leaked report dated July 25, titled,
The report also hinted at plans by bandits groups to attack Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna, and Zamfara states, adding that the Commandant General had directed the state Commandants to put measures in place to avert the attacks.
It read, “We have received credible intelligence that Boko Haram and the ISWAP terrorist groups have mobilised fighters and high calibre weapons particularly Rocket-propelled Grenade launchers, Anti-Aircraft guns, and General-Purpose Machine Guns which they intend to deploy for the offensive in Katsina State.
In another development, two separate bandit groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos respectively).”
“Consequently, the Commandant General has directed you to scale up deployment in all strategic places including Schools, Worship Centres, and Critical National Assets in your respective states, to checkmate any possible threats by these criminal elements. Please treat as urgent,” the report added.