Nationwide alert as insurgents plan to attack military formations

All security formations have been put on alert over an alleged plan by terrorists to attack military posts and bases in border communities across the country. 

A leaked memo from the Department of State Services (DSS) Ogun State branch to the Nigeria Customs Services, which circulated on social media, had indicated how the attack was to be coordinated by the insurgents nationwide. 

Credible sources in the agency confirmed the genuineness of the memo to Sunday Tribune, saying that it was not intended to be leaked in such a manner or released to the public anyhow. 

According to one of the sources, some officials who handled the memo were careless. 

“The letter is genuine. But the person saddled with managing it apparently did not manage it letter well, otherwise it would not have got to the public,” the source said, adding that “the intelligence unit has started working with other security agencies to avert any attack on the country.” 

In the letter dated 25 November 2021 and titled “Plans by Insurgents To Launch Attacks On Military Bases In Various Border Communities” and signed by the State Director of Security, Ogun State Command, M.B. Abdullahi, insurgents and other criminals it was revealed that the planned the attack is to be carried out nationwide. 

The letter reads: “Available intelligence indicates plans by insurgents and criminal elements to carry out simultaneous attacks on military posts and bases in various border communities across the nation anytime from now. 

“In view of the foregoing and the likelihood of such attacks not limited to the military personnel only, all law enforcement and security agencies with operational bases at border communities are advised to take note of the above threat and emplace countermeasures with emphasis on personal security of operatives to frustrate the planned attack, please.” 

This new development is coming on the heels of the arrest of a 24-year old Fulani man, Ibrahim Abdullahi, who allegedly smuggled eight pieces of uncharged 600mm mortar bombs inside the Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ikeja, Lagos. 

Abdullahi’s accomplices were said to have escaped while the Lagos State Police Command said it has commenced full investigation into the matter.


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