The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has strongly denied media reports claiming it issued a red alert on security agencies over a purported terrorists’ attack in Abuja, and neighbouring States.
A supposed internal memo of the Service, which was released late last week and went viral on social media indicated that the terrorists were regrouping around Abuja, Kogi and Nasarawa States, all in North-central Nigeria.
The controversial memo, purportedly signed by the Comptroller, Enforcement of NCS headquarters, H.A Sabo, claimed that the terrorist group had camped in five prominent locations in Abuja, with plans to unleash terror on residents of the city.
But in a chat with news medium, spokesman of the NCS, Joseph Atta, made it clear that the memo was fake and didn’t emanate from the Service.
“I don’t even know anything about it. The Nigerian Customs Service also knows nothing about the letter.” he said point-blank.
According to Atta, it is not the first-time messages or statements were being dished out in the social media about one issue around the Service or the other, including recruitment, vehicle auctioning and the ‘phantom’ memo on terrorist planned attacks on the nation’s capital and its neighbours.