Contrary to the security alert issued by the National Orientation Agency that the Boko Haram terrorist group was planning to stage an attack in Southwest Nigeria, the Nigerian Army has debunked the claim.
We had earlier reported that the Ekiti State Director of NOA, Dayo Famosaya, had issued a security warning in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti that Boko Haram was planning to attack schools and religious organizations among others in the Southwest.
The Ekiti NOA boss, who said the alert was based on intelligence reports from the security agencies, advised members of the public to avoid crowded places, be security conscious, as well as be on the look-out for strangers in flowing gowns in their neighbourhood.
However, in a swift denial posted on the Defence Headquarters Facebook page, the Nigerian Army described the purported security alert of an impending attack by terrorists in the Southwest as an “unfounded rumour”.
The statement reads: “While concerted efforts are being made by the military and other security agencies to contain the menace of terrorism in the North East with tremendous success, it is disheartening to hear of some unfounded rumours of impending terror attack in western parts of the country.
“Those who seek to spread falsehood in order to cause unnecessary panic among the populace are hereby warned to stop forthwith.
“We want to advise the general public to disregard such rumours and go about their normal businesses. Any suspicious or unusual movement of persons should be reported to security agencies as the military is working round the clock to put an end to terrorism”.