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Tension in Abuja as bandits issue notice of attack, demand N100,000 from households

THERE was panic in Mpape Phase 2, near Maitama District, Abuja following a notice sent to the area by suspected bandits.

The notice, which was aimed at keeping the residents at alert for an impending attack, said each resident should have a minimum of N100,000 cash or be prepared to die.

It was gathered that there was no specific date for the planned attack, but the entire area has been enveloped with fear.

The letter titled “Business Operations” said the Nigerian Army and other security agencies cannot stop them from carrying out the attack.

It reads, “Hello friends, this is to inform you that we are coming for an operation very soon in this area. By this letter you are directed to have at least N100,000 ready to make it easy for us or you face dire consequences. If you like, call the Police or army, but nobody can stop us. Yours, The Arch.”

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mariam Yusuf, while reacting to the development, urged members of the community not to panic.

She urged them to report any suspicious movement to security agencies, saying, “The police are on top of the situation”.

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