Military, NOA Deny Rumours over Boko Haram Threat in South-West

NigerianArmyBannerThe attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been drawn to the above caption published by some section of the media claiming impending attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in some south western states of the country.  This story is not only baseless but lacks substance in its entirety, hence should be disregarded.  Of more worrisome is the claim that the terrorists have infiltrated the western states.

While the military and other security agencies have made tremendous successes in degrading and decimating the terrorists who are now in disarray having lost their centre of gravity, camps and their source of logistics.  It would be unthinkable to raise these unfounded rumours of Boko Haram terrorist planning attack in not only in the west but any other part of the country for that matter.
The coordination and synergy between the military and other security services which led to the arrest of some ring leaders of the terrorists in some states is instructive to their incapability to wage any coordinated attack.
However, the general public are requested to always be wary of suspicious individuals or groups in their localities and to report such to security agencies for prompt action as this war is Nigeria versus Boko Haram terrorists hence requires collective contribution of all Nigerians for timely ending of this terrorism.
The Armed Forces is using this medium to appeal to the good citizens of Nigeria particularly in the western part of the country not to lose sleep over the unfounded and fictitious reports and to go about their normal and legitimate businesses as the DHQ and other security agencies are monitoring the situation with all seriousness.
Acting Director Defence Information

NOA Press statement
Military capable of dealing with all threats to peace and security ….NOA
The attention of the National Orientation Agency has been drawn to a news item emanating from the Ekiti state Directorate of the Agency which was published in the media on the alleged plan by Boko Haram to attack the South West part of the country.
The Director General of the Agency Mike Omeri said the Agency is sure about efforts by the Government , military and other security Agencies to contain all manner of threats to our nation’s peace, security and harmony, it is unaware of plans to attack any specific part of the country.
He however said the Agency continues to advise citizens to be alert and security conscious and take the extra steps to report any suspicious movements, activities or persons in their neighbourhood.
He also directed State directorates of the Agency to always limit their public comments to sensitization and mobilisation of citizens in support of government policies, programmes and activities and be guided by the provisions of the mandate and functions of the agency.
“We express our solidarity and confidence to the heroic effort of our military and all security forces who are working hard to ensure the realization of the objectives of the  present administration to rid our nation of all threats to peace and security which shall soon materialise., he concluded.

Paul Odenyi
Asst Director, Press
National Orientation Agency

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