- Security operatives in Nigeria have arrested some individuals suspected to be feeding terrorist information about military activities and operations in the Federal Capital Territory
- Sources with Nigeria’s security system said four of the informants arrested are currently been detained at a facility
- The sources also confirmed that efforts are being made by the Defence Intelligence Agency to gather fresh clues on the activities and whereabouts of other members of the terrorist groups
Four informants suspected to be involved in leaking key security information about troops’ locations and activities around Abuja to terrorists have been arrested.
PR Nigeria reports the terrorists are already in the custody of a security agency after they were said to have been arrested with sophisticated equipment including Walkie-Talkies, revolvers, knives, amulets, and old Chinese-made phones that do require the use of the internet.
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Speaking on the raid that led to the arrest of the informants, a security source said secret investigations on the activities of the terrorists, their informants, leaders and financiers are ongoing.
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The source noted that the activities of the information give birth to the recent attacks across Nigeria’s capital city including the attack on the Kuje custodian facility on the outskirts of Abuja.
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The source said:
“The suspects are currently being interrogated to determine if they are working for terrorist groups or armed bandits or other elements with ulterior motives.
“I can authoritatively inform you that, while the military has deliberately refused to provide updates since the attack on Kuje Prison, to last attacks on troops at the Bwari and Zuma Rock axis, the joint security task force has so far killed more than 70 armed criminals, including dangerous Kuje prison escapees and terrorists.”
In addition, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is reportedly coordinating a discreet intelligence operation that would aid with the provision of fresh clues on the activities and whereabouts of other members of the terrorist groups.
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A security expert in Nigeria had said that the growing attacks on key places and soft targets by terrorists are not surprising.
Senator Iroegbu said that the implication of the attack at the Kuje prison facility is a red flag and a pointer that the Federal Capital Territory may be a city under siege.
According to the expert, there is a need for punitive measures to be meted out to security personnel and agencies that jeopardise the effort to end terrorists’ activities in Nigeria.
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The attack on the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre had been described as an incident that could only have occurred with the help of insiders.
This was disclosed by the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, July 7, during a visit to a facility.
According to Lawan, the attack on this correctional facility is symptomatic of the failure of security failure.