The Nigerian presidency has warned of possible terrorist attacks in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, during the Christmas holidays.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it has deployed officers at the country’s borders and across the country in a state of emergency.
The NIS had quoted a statement from the presidency that it received intelligence that terrorists from Mali were planning to enter the country on the Nigeria-Niger border to carry out attacks in the nation’s capital.
In a letter dated Dec. 23, 2021, and signed by Edirin Okoto, the Commander of the Border Patrol, to all Regional Commanders and other officials at the country’s borders and airports, the NIS warned of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja between Dec. 17 and 31, 2021.
The letter, written on behalf of the chairman of the Immigration Commission, Idris Jere, stated that the terror group was led by Drahmhane Ould Ali, better known as Mohammed Ould Sidat, an Algerian who was backed by a Nigerian, Zahid Aminon.
“The Office of the Ag CGI is in receipt of a Security Report (URGENT) from the Presidency (OSGF). The import is about a looming attack on Nigeria’s Capital City, Abuja, between 17th and 31st December 2021,” the letter read.
“The planned attack is purportedly being led by one DRAHMANE. OULD ALI, aka Mohammed Ould Sidat, an Algerian national to be assisted by one Zahid Aminon, a Nigerien national.”
“The report indicates the duo are en route Nigeria from Mali through Gan and Niger Republic, riding a white Toyota Hilux van with Reg. No- AG157EKY. That these two had four Nigerian accomplices who are already embedded in the country.”
“It is further reported that Ali holds an Algerian Diplomatic Passport with the name Najim Ould Ibrahim.”
The military and other security agencies, including the Immigration Service, have tightened security across Abuja following the warning from the presidency.
Abuja has been on high alert for two months since it received intelligence of a possible terrorist attack on the city, according to reports.
In 2011, a bomb blast at the United Nations office in the city killed at least 21 people and injured 60 others.
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