The government reacts to warnings of possible terrorist attacks in Abuja

The federal government, on Wednesday, warned foreign organisations in Nigeria to stop circulating or making statements that will heat up the polity.

This came in a reaction to the recent statement issued by the United States Mission in Abuja, warning its citizens who have businesses to conduct in Nigeria to be aware of possible terrorist attacks by the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The mission, in an emergency message to all its citizens, had said that it had received information that Boko Haram was planning attacks in Abuja, including against hotels frequently visited by westerners.

Not giving information on the timing of the planned attacks, the mission said it had alerted the relevant government authorities and had been assured that relevant necessary measures would be activated to count the threat to life and properties.

“We advise all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U. S. Consulate General in Lagos,” the  embassy said.

Responding to questions from journalists at the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said: “I will still appeal that foreign embassies and organisations that are working within Nigeria, if there is any doubt at all about the preparedness of our agencies to secure public places, I think it will be wise often to communicate that with us.

But I must say that, as you are aware, our security agencies have over the last year increased their capacity to respond to some of the threats particularly within this city and other cities and I believe that a lot of work is being done. I understand the responsibility of the media, but we are beginning to get a lot of panic from the sensational reports we have been giving to anti-state groups.

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