Boko Haram: Army issues security alert on national assets, Abuja top hotels

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The Nigerian Army has issued security alert on hotels among other high-class places in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The development follows intelligence report which has revealed a fresh plan by Boko Haram to launch another attack on the nation’s capital.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, spoke yesterday when he received Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Valentine Ozigbo, in his office.

He,however, assured that it has put new security measures in place to protect top hotels and other national infrastructures and assets which are usually targets of terrorists in Abuja

Buratai said the new security arrangement came about given high profile visitors, including foreign Heads of State and other very important personalities who usually lodge at the hotel.

He said hotels like Transcorp and other five stars hotels, as well as other national assets, are usually easy targets of terrorist because of crowds who troop to such places on a daily basis.

Buratai said the army is working in conjunction with other security agencies in the FCT round the clock to ensure Boko Haram does not have easy access into the nation’s capital,.

He added that aside deploying soldiers to keep security at such places, the army also has plain clothes intelligence officers deployed there to ensure safety and security.

Buratai commended the Transcorp delegation for the visit and assured them of continuous protection of the army at all times.

In his response, Ozigbo said he was at the army headquarters to brief Buratai on steps taken by the management to secure the hotel.

He commended the army for responding promptly to issues concerning Transcorp and called for collaboration between the two organisations.

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