Five commanders of the Islamic State West Africa Province and 30 fighters were detained as a result of a joint operation initiated by the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency, the police, and other security agencies that was effective in dismantling a terror cell.
Reporters learned that the suspected terrorists were detained at several hideouts in Abuja, Mararaba, and other outlying areas of the Federal Capital Territory. The suspects were being held at a DSS facility, our correspondent learned.
The arrests were made as tensions in the nation’s capital rose as the well-known Jabi Lake Mall on Thursday closed its doors to patrons and customers due to a security crisis.
The FCT Administration claimed that demolishing the shanties on the Law School property was necessary as part of security measures to deter criminal activity.
Additionally, the UK issued a new security notice advising British nationals to avoid traveling to 14 other states, including Abuja.
Residents’ uneasiness increased as a result of many staying home from work and the unusually low volume of traffic on the roads.
The British High Commission and the US Mission both stopped offering consular assistance.
But more arrests were made on Thursday as part of the counterintelligence operations that caught the alleged extremists. It was rumored that US security and intelligence agencies supported it.
However, our source was unable to ascertain how many additional individuals were apprehended during the operation on Thursday.
Further information revealed that the intelligence services had been tracking the rebels before the US and British High Commissions last Sunday issued security alerts informing their citizens of anticipated terrorist assaults.
According to a warning from the US Embassy in Abuja, there is “an heightened danger of terrorist strikes” in the city, with probable targets including governmental structures, houses of worship, and other public locations.
The US administration gave the go-ahead for its non-essential staff and their families to leave Nigeria in response to this development.
The US State Department authorized the departure of non-emergency US government personnel and family members on October 25, 2022 owing to the increased danger of terrorist attacks, according to an updated travel advisory for Nigeria released on Tuesday evening.
Similar action was taken by the British High Commission in Nigeria, which restricted access to its facilities in response to an updated terrorism alert.
Security personnel detained two suspected terrorists on Monday at Trademore Estate in Abuja’s Lugbe neighborhood.