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FG dismisses Malian terrorists threat, says Abuja safe

The federal government has described as false and untrue media reports that there are threats of possible terrorist attack on Abuja.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the emergency meeting of the National Security Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja.

According to the minister, Abuja is safe and secured from terrorist attacks. “I’ve given you the outcome of the Security Council meeting, but to your question, there isn’t any threat to safety and security of Abuja.

“Abuja is secure and very safe. If there was a leak, as you mentioned, it could just be operational alert that does not require any worry or concern.

“The Council has mandated us to assure Nigerians of their safety, of their security and enduring peace for the period of the festivities,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, speaking on Thursday’s rocket attacks on Maiduguri by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, described it as a concern.

“They are launching it in major towns, they are launching it in Maiduguri. It is a concern. And it has been seriously checkmated. There are efforts to continuously checkmate it,” he said. 

(NAN)

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