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Boko Haram Planning to Attack Worship Centres, DSS Reveals

Valentine Chinyem

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs of plans by the Boko Haram sect, to carry out attacks in the city.

This was contained in a circular signed by the Director of Security Services, Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Ibrahim, urging religious bodies to put their members on the alert.

The memo addressed to the National Presidents of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria asked residents to report suspicious elements around places of worship to the authorities.

Ibrahim urged religious bodies to beef up security and call any of the three telephone numbers: 09063872207, 09053872208 and 09053872209, to report “suspicious elements”.

“Intelligence reaching this office revealed that insurgents are planning to attack the federal capital territory,” the circular read.

“Their main targets are worship centres and markets with the use of young girls as members of aid groups to carry out their planned attacks.

“It is in view of the foregoing, I am directed to inform you to communicate the content of this letter to all mosques, churches and markets across the FCT for extra vigilance, particularly unknown persons dressing as aid workers loitering around the worship areas and markets.”