Don’t panic when you hear bomb blasts, Government advises Yobe residents
Following the Boko Haram sect’s renewed threat to carry out more bomb attacks in Abuja following the weekend bloodbath in Damaturu, Yobe State’s capital, which claimed more than 150 lives, the Federal Government yesterday urged citizens not to panic, assuring them that security agencies have taken adequate measures to protect lives and property.
The guarantee came as Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Lawal, revealed the number of security personnel killed in the attack.
The US Embassy in Nigeria issued an alert to its nationals on Monday, advising them to stay away from three prominent hotels in Abuja, citing intelligence reports that the cult was plotting an attack.
General Owoeye Azazi (rtd), the National Security Adviser, stated in a statement yesterday that the Federal Government has taken appropriate measures to secure three premium hotels in the Federal Capital city that are suspected of being targets of fundamentalists.
“The Federal Government’s attention has been called to a publication making the rounds in the media concerning impending attacks on three prominent hotels in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja,” the statement adds. The publishing is provoking unhealthy public worry and causing unnecessary tension, as one might expect.
The National Security Agency (NSA) urged members of the public not to be concerned by the report, but to go about their daily responsibilities and businesses fearlessly, knowing that security authorities have put in place necessary countermeasures to protect lives and property.”