There are strong indications that the two suicide bombers who last Friday claimed 20 lives in Nyanya and Kuje; two satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory, did not come from outside the capital.
It is believed that terrorists may have infiltrated the Internally Displaced Persons camps located in different parts of the FCT and are hiding among them. Police are combing these camps of the IDPs, in Abuja as part of investigations into the multiple blasts.
PUNCH reports that police are working with this theory and detectives have been dispatched to some of the camps as part of efforts to get to the root of the blasts.
No fewer than 3,000 persons displaced by Boko Haram in the North-East are living in different parts of the FCT, including Durumi, Area one, New Kuchingoro, Games Village, Pegi village, and Kuje.
A source said,
“The bombings could not have been carried out by terrorists from outside Abuja, but by insurgents who have been hiding in the FCT, particularly among the IDPs.
“The police are focusing on the displaced persons because they believe some of them could be Boko Haram sympathisers, who are working for the sect.”
A senior security officer also stated that the location of IDP camps in FCT was not a wise idea from a security point of view, noting that in other countries, such camps were located very far from the nation’s capital and ran by the military. He said:
“I participated in a peace-keeping mission in Darfur and I can tell you that the closest IDP camp to Khartoum (Sudan’s capital) was about two hours’ drive. No IDP camp was located close to the capital because some of the displaced persons could be terrorists hiding in the camp.”
If so, why are there IDP camps in the Federal Capital Territory?