Army headquarters lead by its spokesperson,
col.Sani Usman has debunked the circular warning of imminent Boko Haram attacks
in Lagos and other locations in the country.
Col. Sani Usman, in response to
enquiries, called on members of the public to disregard the circular said to
have emanated from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) office.
The circular dated August 5, 2016
and titled: ‘Plans By Boko Haram Terrorists Group to Attack In FCT and Other Parts
of the Country, was allegedly signed by one Colonel A. Suleiman on behalf of
the army chief, warned that terrorists “intend to target police stations and
formations in Abuja, Kano and Imo States.”
Part of the circular read:
“Information at the disposal of this headquarters strongly point to plans by
Boko Haram terrorists group to attack various locations in the country. The
targeted areas include but not limited to police stations, prison facilities,
schools and market places.
“Similarly, schools that are being
re-opened in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States are also at risks, in the light of
the wide ranging plot by the group to cause large-scale destruction.
“In view of the above, I am
directed to inform you of this imminent threat and respectfully request that
you take all necessary proactive measure to prevent Boko Haram terrorists from
carrying out these heinous acts.
But Usman has branded the letter as
“completely fake and must be treated as what it is.”
“There is no iota of truth in that
letter and I want members of the public and particularly the media to disregard
this letter, which content must be within the imagination of some mischievous
elements,” he said.
“I don’t know why some media
platforms will be in a hurry to carry such purported circular without proper
confirmation. The bottom-line is that what has been circulating on social media
did not emanate from the Nigerian Army or COAS office it’s fake.”
This rumoured circular is however,
coming amid rising tensions within the terror group over leadership disputes
orchestrated by reported imposition of the former spokesperson, Abu al-Barnawi,
as Boko Haram’s new leader, with Abubakar Shekau insisting that he is still the
leader of the militant group.
Recently, both al-Barnawi and
Shekau has promised to unleash unimaginable terror in the country, which the
Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed as a “mere rhetoric to stay afloat”.