Fear Grips Residents Of Abuja,Over Terrorists Attack, IGP Deploys More Force To Strategic Areas

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By Suleiman Umaru

Barely one week after president Muhammadu ordered Lucky Irabour, an Army General and Chief of Defense Staff, CDS, and  the  other service Chiefs to find lasting solution Banditry and Terrorism  in different parts of Nigeria, may have provoked the Ansaru Group Terrorists, a breakaway  faction of BokoHram and Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, and their Bandits Group Collaborators, operating in Kaduna    and Niger, Ibrahim Babangida, a retired Army General and former military President  home state, to attack Troops  of the 7 Guard Brigade, described as the Elitist  Brigade in Abuja , the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

 The  Troops of the 7 Guards  Brigade, according to Geofrey Annebi  Abakpa, an Army Captain and spokesperson of the Brigade    provides’’ security  for the Presidential Villa and  the FCT.  The Troops  who were said to be on their usual patrol of the  city  in the late hours of Monday, July 25, 2022,  which took them to the Kubwa-Bwari  Area  to get rid of  the  criminal  elements  who have been threatening the place over the last couple of months were said to have been attacked  along Kubwa-Bwari road as some soldiers wounded.   The Terrorist were said to have targeted the Nigerian Law School  in Bwari, Area Council, for the attack  before  they ran into the Elites Guards Brigade  Troops along the Kubwa –Bwari road.

President Muhammadu Buhari

 The trigger –hungry Terrorists were said to have  attacked two adjoining villages  to the school, forcing   Muhammed Musa Belo, the FCT minister, at the instance of  the Katsina  state born Nigerian President, to order  the closure  of Federal Government College  located  in Kwali Area  Council  over the growing security concerns in the city.  

Given the Terrorists attack of the Elites Guards Brigade where some soldiers were said to have been  wounded and the recent  attack on the Kuje Custodial centre  may have  have put thousands of   FCT residents, in a state of fear.

 The fear became pronounced   because of the rumour making the rounds that some soldiers attached to the Elite Guard Brigade were abducted by the Terrorists during the attack  on them. Captain Abakpa, the spokesperson of the Elites Brigade would not take it.  He had said that the news broke out because they were still  trying ‘’to account  for the soldiers  who may  have  taken  cover  due to the attack’’.

  Aware of the fear that  have gripped  the FCT residents in the  recent time, despite the tight security in the city,  Captain  Abakpa, spokesperson of the 7 Guards Brigade,  has told  them that cares to listen that ‘’there was no basis to worry  about another  attack  on soft targets in the city  by  Terrorist , urging ‘’the people  to go about their normal businesses and keep cooperating  with the military  by providing  timely  information  to enable them  to get rid of the Terrorists .

He asserted  that the  attack on the Elite Troops by terrorists   will not ‘’forestall them   from doing their job of combing the Kubwa and Bwari Area council to fish out the criminal elements who have infiltrated  the Area from Niger and Kaduna states  to wreak havoc in the outskirst of the FCT’’.

 In spite of step taken by Captain  Abakpa, the Presidential Guards Brigade  spokesperson and Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture to reassure Nigerians that there was no cause for alarm to worry about the recent attacks on Troops of 7 Guards Brigade patrolling the Kubwa –Bwari Area and  the recent invasion of Kuje Correctional facility,  the FCT residents still appear to have lost total confidence on  the capability  of the security agencies , particular, the Force, to protect Lives and property in the city. This is  evident as economic and social activities appear to have grounded  to a halt  as most businesses and offices close much earlier  to allow staff to go home  to avoid playing into the hands of the Terrorists.

Usman: IGP, Deploy More Policemen To Strategic Areas In AbujaFCT, To Checkmate Terrorists Incursion

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, appears to have risen up to the challenge  as he had deployed  additional policemen  to strategic  Areas  in the FCT, to further give the  people hope to go about the business without fear of Terrorists attack.

  Muyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent  of Police and Force Spokesperson, had said  that the IGP, who could not his feelings had charged   the Force Intelligence Bureau  ‘’to ensure  robust information gathering’’  to help the Force  patrol Teams to carry out their  timely interventions whenever contacted by informants.

He was said to have  assured aggrieved residents of the FCT,  that  the Force under his close watch will leave no stone unturned  ‘’to fortify   the FCT and its environs ‘’, which security analysts had repeatedly  said  has become very porous like the nation’s border communities with the nighbouring West African countries of Benin Republic, Niger, TChad and the  Central African country of Cameroun. Appealing to the people’’ to synergise  with the Force  and other security agencies personnel’’ , he noted that  ‘’this is the only way  to forestall any breach  of security  in the nation’s capital’’.

 Nigerians have opportunity of electing a Presidential Candidate of their choice to take over from Buhari after the 2023, general elections that will tackle the high level of insecurity in the country instead of sitting down in the fence or complaining  all the time of bad governance by the ruling All Progressive or the previous Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, government by completing their Permanent Voters’Card  registration process which terminates on July 31, 2022.

 Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had provided Nigerians with variety of alternatives by registering 18 political parties which had had already  submitted the names of their Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates to the Commission, for the February 25, 2023, Presidential   and National Assembly elections.

Note that  all the Candidates had  given their words’’ to tackle the security challenges in the country’’. Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state and Labor Party, LP, Presidential Flag bearer may have added to it  the revitalization of the nation’s  power , education, planning and Finance sectors of the economy.

This may have  informed why  he had embarked on a three –day visit to the North African country of Egypt ‘’ to understudy the country’s power,  Education, Panning  and Finance sectors and to see how he can replicate same in Nigeria if  elected as the next  Nigerian President in the 2023,general elections.

Given his seriousness to fix Nigerian’s battered economy, which Atiku Ababakar, a former Nigerian Vice President during Olusegun Obasnjo’s Administration had said ‘’it will be a miracle for him to win the 2023, general elections , which political analysts had said is a struggle  between the APC and PDP, which had dominated Nigerian politice  between 1999 and now.  

 But the outcome of the Saturday, July 16,  20222, governorship elections in the south west state of Osun,  decribed as Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and APC, Presidential Candidate , traditional political base, and who had repeatedly said that ‘’it is his turn to rule Nigeria after Buhari  to fix the country’s batter economy ad security challenges  may have given  hope to Nigerian voters that their vote will count in the election.

 Tehe APC, Presidential Candidate,  may have read the handwriting  on the wall that he has to intensify his consultations and make friends across the Niger  to win the heart of the people to win the election which may prove difficult  because of the new voting  system which had made rigging  difficult. The Nigerian President  who is committed ‘’ to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2023’’ still stands by his word going by the performance of INEC, in the Ektii and Osun general elections.

  Already, the Modal Vote Accreditation System, BVAS, which makes it possible for the voter’s finger- print and face to be captured during voting had been test- run in the Ekiti and Osun governorship in June and July 2022, respectively, and found to be working as the Commission have continued to perfect on the inadequacies that have noticed  in the implementation of the voting system.

It was  not surprisisng why the Commission has continued to register more voters for the 2023, general elections that might make it to be very competitive for the 18 Presidential Candidates of the 18 political parties to slug out  .  Nasir El- Rufai, governor of Kaduna state  may have known that the game is up that  had declared three-day holiday in the state  to enable workers and those who have not registered   to complete  their personal voter’ card , PVC,  registration exercise  on or before July 31st, 2022, being the deadline set by INEC. The governor was said to have pleaded with employees based in the state ‘’ to support their staff  to register and exercise their right  to vote   in the general elections’’

In Lagos state, Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner,  had revealed that statistics  showed that ‘’the state  currently  has about  seven million  registered voters’’ which has thrown the open for grab by any of the registered parties unlike the previous elections in the state where the then  Alliancce for Democracy , AD , and the ruling APC, had dominated the politics of the state.

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