UK drops warning to its nationals against travels to Nigeria, including FCT

…Says “Abuja now relatively safe” The United Kingdom (UK) says it no longer advises against travel to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) disclosed this in an updated travel advisory published on its website yesterday. Recall that the UK on October 23 warned of an increased threat of terrorist attack in the FCT, and urged its citizens to stay alert and avoid visits to public places in the federal capital. The UK also restricted access to the British High Commission in…

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“Security situation not bad enough to warrant US, UK’s terror warning” – NSA Monguno

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, says the security situation in Nigeria does not warrant travel advisories and terror warnings from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). Recall that the US authorised the evacuation of non-critical staff in the country, while the UK had asked its citizens not to embark on ‘non-essential’ movements in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). President Muhammadu Buhari, in his response, said that despite the terror alerts, attacks are not imminent. “However, it does not mean an attack in Abuja is imminent.…

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Terror Alert: Heavy security in Abuja churches, malls over insecurity fears

Churches and some public centres in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja, have taken measures to fortify their worship centres following the security threat, issued by the United States (UK) and United Kingdom (UK) embassies in the past few days. Several churches have put internal security measures in place during Sunday and weekday services. The tension in Abuja and its environs began at the weekend, when the US and the UK warned of a possible terrorist attack in the nation’s capital, saying the terrorists are aiming at government facilities, places…

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Julius Berger shuts down operations over terror alert

Construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has it will close all operations in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja, throughout the weekend over the travel advisory issued by the United States and United Kingdom on possible terror attacks in the FCT. The company is the second one to take the decision after the popular Jabi Lake Mall, acting in response to the alert on public places in the nation’s capital city, decided to shut down operations till further notice. This is despite the Federal Government downplaying the threat, saying measures…

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Abuja Terror Alerts: “Don’t panic, be alert”, Buhari urges Nigerians

…Says Govt. has reinforced security The nation’s security establishment and entire citizens have been advised to continue to be vigilant and careful with security. This comes in the wake of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) travel advisory alert to their citizens at the weekend of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in an issued statement said President Muhammadu Buhari gave the advice upon his return from South Korea yesterday, urging Nigerians to remain calm saying it…

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US/UK Terror Alert: “No imminent threat in Abuja”, Says IGP, allays fears of possible attacks

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, yesterday insisted that there is no security threat in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Recall that at the weekend the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) both warned of a possible terrorist attack in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). Recall that the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advisory update to British nationals in Nigeria. According to the warnings, the attack would be especially aimed at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds…

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DSS arrests soldier ‘supplying guns to kidnappers’ in Abuja

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) have reportedly arrested a soldier attached to the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Tungan-Maje, in Abuja, for allegedly hiring and selling guns to kidnappers. The soldier was reportedly arrested last week during an operation carried out by the DSS in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group around Dankogi Park, in Zuba, near the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). According to a source, who spoke to newsmen, the DSS from Gwagwalada office sought the assistance of the local security group in Zuba to arrest…

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Insecurity: Military arrests Boko Haram informant in Abuja highbrow area

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of Boko Haram informant, Mamuda Usman, popularly known as Bado, in Asokoro, a highbrow area in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, who disclosed this to newsmen at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, also said that the military would not relent in rooting out all collaborators of terrorists in the country. The informant, according to the Military High Command, runs errands for a suspected high-profile Boko Haram commander in Kaduna, who is on the…

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FCT: Election tribunal orders re-run election in six wards of Kuje Area Council

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to conduct a re-run chairmanship election in six wards of Kuje Area Council. Delivering judgment, the Chief Magistrate, Muinat Oyekan, who led a three-member panel, nullified the elections held in nine polling units where elections were marred by irregularities. The judge ordered that the re-run should be conducted across the affected polling units won by the incumbent Kuje Area Council Chairman, Abdullahi Sabo, of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). The All…

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Sacked AMAC, Chairman Maikalangu, fumes at tribunal

The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Christopher Maikalangu, has reacted strongly to the judgment of the FCT Election Tribunal which sacked him from office on Friday, while indicating that he will appeal the verdict. He alleged that the tribunal manipulated and manufactured ghost votes against the ones that were legitimately announced after the February 12th elections for the APC, an action he described as an embarrassment to the Nigerian Judiciary. Maikalangu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of Feb. 12 AMAC chairmanship election by the…

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