Insecurity: How terrorists attack troops of presidential guards brigade, kill 8 soldiers in Abuja −Source

*The Nigerian Government has shut the Federal Government College, Kwali, in Kwali Area Council, Abuja, FCT, following terrorists’ recent attack on a community near the institution of learning

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Gunmen have attacked some officials of the 7 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army Presidential Guards Brigade.

The Guards Brigade has the primary duty to protect the President of Nigeria.

It was learnt the incident, which took place late night Friday, July 22, 2022, occurred around the Bwari Area Council of Abuja, FCT.

Three soldiers of the Brigade were wounded while eight personnel got killed in the process.

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Two of the slain personnel were Officers, including a captain and lieutenant, while the remaining were soldiers, according to report.

According to a source within the Nigerian Army, the main aim of the terrorists at the time was to attack the Nigerian Law School, in Bwari, and they may have already camped in the area.

The Federal Government was aware of plans by terrorists to attack some places in the Federal Capital Territory and security had been increased around the city, security source told Premium Times.

Subsequently, the government officially shut the Federal Government College, Kwali, in the Kwali Area Council of Abuja after terrorists attacked a community near the school.

In regard to similar attacks in the area in recent times, the attack on the troops of the Guards Brigade, whose duty is to protect the President, comes a few weeks after terrorists launched a similar attack on a presidential convoy in Dutsinma, in Katsina State, North-West Nigeria.

Incidentally, terrorists invaded the Kuje Correctional Facility in Abuja and freed hundreds of inmates, including Boko Haram suspects.

Report also indicated that Friday’s attack also occurred two days prior to terrorists’ release of a video showing them manhandling persons kidnapped from the Abuja-Kaduna train attack in Nigeria.

Threat to abduct and kill President Buhari, Malam Nasir El-Rufai

One of the terrorists in the trending video released recently reportedly threatened that his group would abduct President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, and other prominent Nigerians and destabilise the country, if their demands were not met.

The terrorists as well threatened to kill and sell some of the remaining Abuja-Kaduna train passengers in their custody.

The terrorist stated: “This is our message to the government of Nigeria and just as you have seen these people here, by God’s grace, you will see your leaders; your senators and governors will come before us. “These ones you are seeing here, we will keep some as our slaves and sell them off just as our Imam told you in the past.”

He also said in the video: “Just like the Chibok girls that were sold off, we will equally sell these ones as slaves.

“If you don’t adhere to our demands, we will kill the ones we need to kill and sell the remaining.

“By God’s grace, El-Rufai, Buhari, we will bring you here.”

It has been noted that until recently, the FCT had enjoyed relative peace, compared to some neighbouring states such as Niger and Kaduna where terrorists, locally called bandits, operate almost on daily basis.

However, the deteriorating security situation across the country, the Muhammadu Buhari administration yet has repeatedly insisted that security has improved under Mr. President.

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