For over 10 years, the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram has held sway on large swaths of territory in Nigeria, especially in the northeast. Thousands of innocent lives have been killed. Incalculable worth of properties has been brought to ruins and debris because of Boko Haram. There millions for women, children, and men cramped up in IDP camps.
States like Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe have had an unfair share of the Boko Haram insurgency. However, on Sunday, the Nigeria Customs Service alerted the public that at least five different terrorist camps believed to be Boko Haram are reported to be hiding in forests in Abuja, Nasarawa, and Kogi states, and are planning attacks on selected targets, Daily Trust reports.
This has since sent chills down the spine of residents of the Federal Capital Territory. Security Agencies have also responded to this and allayed the fears of the public.
According to a circular seen from the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) as seen by Daily Trust, “further reports have it that they are planning to attack some selected targets within the territory. They are reported to have set up their camps in the identified enclaves.”
It adds, “Consequently, you are to be alert and security conscious of your environment at all times. Ensure wide circulation please.” Even though fears are being allayed by the Nigeria Customs Service, the Police, and the Nigerian Army, it speaks a lot that Boko Haram members have allegedly set up camps around Abuja.
It punctures the claim that has often been made by the current government that the terror group has been defeated. It is undeniable that Boko Haram has assumed a more defiant dimension in the past two to three years.
They have brazenly attacked military bases and fortresses a lot of times in Nigeria in recent years. Arguably, more soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram under this administration than under the previous one.
Now that they have reportedly brought their campaign of death to Abuja, this gives the presidency an inkling of what hapless innocent citizens have gone through in the hands of these lunatics. Boko Haram insurgency is not a northeast problem. It’s not a Borno problem. It is a Nigerian problem.