The Nigerian Police Force on Thursday urged residents of the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, not to panic over rumours of a security breach in the area, as security operatives are on the alert for any terrorists’ infiltration.
While reassuring the FCT residents that the security operatives are on top of the situation, the police urged the public to rely on God.
“Yes, there will be tension because of the security situation of the town and the country at large.
“I assure residents that we will continue to do our best. We are still on alert. But God is the best protector of all,” the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Bwari Police Station, Biodun Makanjuola, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview.
He added, “We monitored the situation throughout Wednesday to see if there would be any infiltration, and we are still doing so till this morning.”
He stated that residents should dismiss rumours which sent into a panic mode on Wednesday that Bwari was infiltrated by suspected insurgents who came through the FCT border with another state.
“Bwari is calm. I am surprised to hear the stories going around,” said Mr Makanjuola.
He added, “I think a radio programme where some contributors said a truckload of suspected insurgents were sighted at Sabon-Bwari, a town close to Sabon-Wuse area of Niger state, caused the panic.
“The mention of Bwari caused the confusion. When I gave a call to the DPO of Sabon-Wuse on Wednesday. He, too, said he was shocked to hear the news.”
Mr Makanjuola stated further that those sighted might have been migrants returning to their villages to begin cropping with the onset of the rains.