The Department of State Security Services on Wednesday revealed plans by the Boko Haram sect to bomb the nation’s capital using hijacked petrol-laden tankers.
The DSS said the information was obtained through intelligence reports on the sect’s activities.
According to the agency, the sect will seize petrol tankers at gunpoint and fill it with improvised devices that they will use to bomb the FCT within the next few days.
The Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, who spoke at the daily briefing in Abuja alongside the Deputy Director of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, urged members of the public to be on the alert particularly when they see any tanker driving dangerously.
Omeri said, “the Nigerian Security services had received intelligence report to the effect that insurgents intends seizing petrol tankers and plant improvised devices in the tankers and drive them to crowded places in Abuja.
“Against this backdrop, we hereby call on the Petrol Tankers Association to be on the red alert and advise their members to report any attempt or seizure of their vehices to security agencies.
“In this wise, Nigerians are also advised to report any broken down tanker in any part of the territory to security agencies. Similarly, we are using this opportunity to appeal to the public to be on the alert particularly when they see any tanker driving dangerously”.
Omeri also cleared the air on the arrested 486 travelers in Abia State on Sunday, saying it was not targeted at any group of persons or individual but aimed at ensuring the general security of the country.