Terrorists to unleash violence in 10 northern states –FG

By Editor on 24/01/2019

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The Federal Government, yesterday, raised an alarm, accusing the opposition of plotting widespread violence across Nigeria in order to truncate the forthcoming general elections. It said armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states across the country.

The areas being targeted, according to government, include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara states.

The warning came same day the National Orientation Agency (NOA) said that reports from its field officers indicated that five states would likely be engulfed in violence during the forthcoming elections.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said the government was in possession of “credible intelligence” that the looming violence could pose a threat to the 2019 general elections.

Mohammed said that the opposition might have chosen to unleash violence on the polity because there were indications that the results of the election might not favour them.

His words: “Having realized that their fortunes have dwindled badly ahead of the polls, the desperate opposition is orchestrating widespread violence with a view to truncating the elections, thus triggering a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the establishment of an interim government.

“Nigerians are alerted to the dangers posed to the forthcoming elections by ”unscrupulous, unpatriotic and desperate characters who will not hesitate to destabilize the country if they cannot achieve their inordinate ambition’.

“The Benue-based armed criminal group, led by Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, has been commissioned to strike soft targets in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba states.

“In Kano State, a group of notorious miscreants have been mobilized by some prominent opposition leaders to provoke massive chaos before, dur-ing and after the elections.

“There is also an international dimension to the evil plan. Some armed mercenaries from Niger Republic have been contracted to attack top government functionaries, including state governors, across the North- West between now and the elections.”

The minister stated that the government is working to stop these attacks.

Posted 24/01/2019 3:28:42 PM


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