Security forces have uncovered a plot by insurgents to infiltrate the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), using tinted vehicles and covered plate numbers.
It was gathered that the joint security task force, comprising the military, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and intelligence agencies, however, has intensified patrols and surveillance in and around Abuja.
Investigation also revealed that the meetings of the joint security task force under the office of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, continued at the weekend.
However, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has debunked reports that the nation’s capital was under terror attack.
A statement by the command said while security forces sustained pre-emptive measures against any eventuality, the reported attack on FCT was a clash of cultists in Mpape, an outskirt of Abuja and not an attack by terrorists.
It was gathered that security agents uncovered an unusual number of unauthorised tinted vehicles with covered plate numbers within the city centre.
There are certain categories of political officeholders and security chiefs allowed to use tinted vehicles and covered plate numbers.
Permits are also granted to some citizens after an application is granted.
A security source said, “such applications are no longer granted in view of the security situation.”
With the rising number of vehicles with tinted glasses, concerns were raised that the insurgents were conducting a test run preparatory to an attack.
The security source explained that the strategy was a familiar one applied during the bombing of the United Nations office and the Force Headquarters in Abuja by Boko Haram some years ago.
“It is a familiar pattern. We are working on it”, he said.
The FCT Police Command had last week launched an operation against the use of unauthorised covered number plates and tinted vehicles.
It said the operation had become “extremely necessary due to the recent security threat analysis conducted by the joint (security) team reveals that criminal syndicates now execute their nefarious activities using tinted vehicles with covered number plates.”
The command warned those using unauthorised covered number plates and tinted vehicles within the FCT to desist as violators would be arrested and prosecuted.