Lawmakers have confirmed that they have been notified of a possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the National Assembly complex and other public buildings in Abuja.
The ‘security alert’ which has May 4, 2021 as its date and which has the heading ‘Re: planned insurgent attacks on VIP locations, government facilities and assets in Abuja.’ was issued by Chairman of the House Committee on Internal Security, National Assembly, Mr Usman Shiddi.
The alert reads: “I refer to the above subject of which a copy of the intelligence report from the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force in the National Assembly Complex has been made available to my office.
“The report indicates planned insurgent attacks by some elements of Boko Haram on some VIP locations, government facilities and assets in Abuja, including the National Assembly complex.
“In view of the above intelligence, I have considered it paramount to advise that all members should, henceforth, use the presidential gate for ingress and egress.
“This is to avoid the unforeseen congestions that are sometimes encountered at the main gates, since such congestions could easily be the targets for these insurgent elements.
“Security agencies are, however, actively on top of the issue to unravel and to contain the intended menace. Accept the assurances of my highest regards, please.”
Because of this threat, security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex since Thursday last week.
Security operatives were seen on that day, checking vehicles entering the premises of the National Assembly, causing traffic congestion especially at the third (and last) gate.
Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Department of State Services, and the Federal Road Safety Corps were joined by the Army to man the gates.