Barely 24 hours after the United States and United Kingdom warned of a possible terror attack in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, two terror suspects were reportedly arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) at Trademore Estate in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It was gathered that during the operation, the estate was locked.
A resident who spoke to the Punch Newspaper about how the incident happened said, We were in our houses when our estate was locked up.
They did not allow us to go out, and they didn’t allow people to come in. Those that came for the operation were DSS and some American soldiers.
What I heard was that they were looking for some suspected terrorists. When they finished what they were doing, all we saw was that they drove away with some people from the estate.
Meanwhile, a message shared on the estate’s WhatsApp group claimed that the DSS and US soldiers were responsible for the operation. It reads in part:
It’s no longer news that there was a high-powered sting operation in Phase 3 this afternoon, culminating in a complete shutdown of our estate.
A combination of the American Army and our DSS team were responsible.
We are unable to provide full details about the operation’s motivation(s); however, we can confirm that there was an allegation of terrorist activity.
It is therefore desperately incumbent on every resident to remain vigilant, know your neighbours, and report any suspicious movement, person, or activities to the exco, street reps, and or the police.