In a memo addressed to the National Presidents of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Christian Association of Nigeria by the Director of Security Services, Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Ibrahim, the Department of State Services has warned Abuja residents to be on the alert as they are plots by Boko Haram to bomb churches, mosques and markets in the FCT using supposedly innocent young girls.
The letter reads in part:
“Intelligence reaching this office revealed that insurgents are planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory. Their main targets are worship centres and markets with the use of young girls as members of aid groups to carry out their planned attacks.
It is in view of the foregoing, I am directed to inform you to communicate the content of this letter to all mosques, churches and markets across the FCT for extra vigilance, particularly unknown persons dressing as aid workers loitering around the worship areas and markets.”
The DSS urged residents to report suspicious elements around places of worship to the authorities using these three telephone numbers: 09063872207, 09053872208 and 09053872209.