Paschal Emeka, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has disclosed that some suspects arrested following the security advisory issued by the United States and United Kingdom in Abuja recently will be charged to court soon.
The IGP, however, declined to give accurate statistics on the number of criminal elements arrested in connection with the threats.
He also denied insinuations that the government tried to dismiss the advisory, noting that it drew criticisms from security stakeholders because it caused apprehension among citizens.
The IGP stated these in Abuja while featuring at the weekly briefings coordinated by the Presidential Media Team on Thursday.
“Nobody has dismissed the issue as just an alarm. The government has never rejected it as an alarm but we only said it was blown or made in such a way that our people became apprehensive about the situation or the way it was done.
“The Embassies have their responsibilities to their citizens and they can give their advice. The government has not dismissed what has happened because they have also informed us of what they foresee as threats.
“And we on our parts have also looked at what they put as a threat as something that has been with us and efforts are being made daily to see that those threats are mitigated or prevented from happening and that is what has been happening in Abuja and all over the country.
“Sometimes, these threats or things happen but nobody has dismissed it as mere alarm and a lot of efforts have been made like you said to douse tension.
“Yes, actually arrests have been made of those we believe were planning to commit crimes in whatever form and we have done that arrest and as at when due, those arrested will be charged to court by any of the services which have them.”
A few weeks ago, the UK and US governments came up with a memo advising its staff in Abuja to be wary of an imminent attack by terrorist groups.
The memo which found its way into the media space caused apprehension within the polity and kept the security agencies on red alert.