Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in the North East and North West have begun to relocate to the Federal Capital Territory over the heavy bombardment by security operatives.
Reports have it that some insurgents who have relocated to Abuja are disguised as menial workers and have taken up jobs such as motor mechanics, carpenters and so on.
The development was confirmed by a security source while speaking with Daily Trust on the security advisory by the US Mission in Nigeria.
Recall that the US Embassy on Sunday warned Americans in Nigeria to be cautious of their movement in Abuja over the possibility of terror attacks in the nation’s capital.
The statement reads, “There is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations.
“The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice. Actions to Take: Avoid all non-essential travel or movement. Stay alert. Avoid crowds.”
The warning of the US Embassy which is coming months after terrorists invaded the Kuje Correctional Centre and set free 800 inmates and the attack on the Presidential Guards Brigade in Abuja has heightened worry among residents of Abuja.
Security sources claim that some ISWAP commanders and foot soldiers have mixed with civilians in and around Abuja perfecting plans to launch attacks at about the same time.
The sources noted that other embassies in the country are aware of the issue and must have informed their citizens quietly.
One of the sources said, “The advisory is true but we have been working on the issue for months, we have been arresting suspects and they are revealing a lot to us.
“We have gone far in securing not only the FCT but Nigeria at large. The terrorists have no hiding place anymore because we are tracking and picking them.
“We know all their antics. Many of them are working as mechanics, tailors, carpenters, labourers and even experts in some fields. We know what is happening.”