The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), warned that terrorists of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), have outrightly declared war on Nigerian Christians; citing planned attacks to be carried out by the group in various targeted spots in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The red alert which was contained in a letter by FCT Commandant, Peter Maigari. and addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, was dated July 8, 2022 and titled: ‘Security Alert: Renewed Threat Of Attack By ISWAP Terrorist On Targets within The FCT’.

It was also referenced as NSCDC/CMDT/FCT/INT/VOL.X/188, stating thus:

‘Certified intelligence reveals that members of the decimated terrorist group Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have concluded plans to launch more coordinated and spontaneous attacks on selected targets within the federal Capital Territory (FCT) and had declared war against Christians in Nigeria.

‘Intelligence abounds that ISWAP terrorist group has claimed responsibilities of the Tuesday 5th of July, 2022 attack on Kuje medium security custodial centre, releasing their adherent members.

‘The foregoing is to enable them hibernate in targeted communities (FCT) and re-strategize for further terrorist activities, especially on soft targets to keep the agenda of the group alive to the public. 

‘Comment: Taking into consideration the recent terrorist attack on Kuje medium security custodial centre for good two hours without any security resistance indicated their readiness to carry out more coordinated attacks in selected cities/towns, security formations, schools, and worship centres in FCT, hence the released of their members for more formidable squad to achieved their dastardly act.

‘Recommendation: Against this backdrop, it is advised that counter measures be emplaced, and
there is need to review existing security measures around such targets and other sensitive facilities with security formations, in FCT to frustrate the planned attack.

‘This report is submitted for your information and necessary action sir.’

The letter above highlighted ISWAP terrorists unabashed claims of releasing imprisoned jihadists from the Kuje Correctional Centre; through the attack on the facility last week. In their words, it was done to enable the sustainment of the now uncovered plans to attack selected gatherings in Abuja.

The letter was first obtained by a media outlet on Sunday, July 10, before being released to the general public.

With recommendations stating that a review of on-ground existing measures is needed, Nigerians have now be put on alert on the dent to their own safety in the coming days.

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