The Police Thursday disclosed that the threat to bomb the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six other states in the country by terrorists is not to be wished away with a wave of the hand.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, said the threat was credible and real, and the command would not take it lightly.
The United States and United Kingdom missions in Nigeria had warned of possible attacks in FCT, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe States on soft targets by Boko Haram Insurgents.
Bello said following the warning, the Inspector General of Police directed Commissioners of Police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and personnel in the states to be on red-alert alert.
The IG also directed the Commissioners in the states to hold stakeholder meetings with the people in order to proffer possible ways to tackle the threat.
Speaking during a stakeholders forum organised in FCT to tackle the proposed threat, Bello said the Police would work with other security agencies to make sure that the threat is not actualized.
Bello said: “The threat to attack the city is real; however we want to assure members of the public that we are working in collaboration with other sister security agencies to ensure that we all enjoy a peaceful yuletide.
“The American, British government warned us an impending threat and it would be stupid of us not to do anything. God will not forgive us if we don’t do anything and that is why we are here”.
On how the threat would be prevented, the Commissioner said: “We are doing a lot but we don’t want to mention the strategy so that the men of the underworld don’t take advantage of it.
“We are doing a lot especially with our sister security agencies. We have already mapped out strategies and we have already commenced that.
“It may involve massive raids, massive visibility policing, vigorous stop and search and we would also embark on intelligence gathering.
Bello also urged members of the public to come forward with useful information that would help prevent the attack.
He said: “Police work is not magic, we depend on members of the public to make contribution and that is why we are urging members of the public to come up with useful information that would help us nip crimes in the bud.
”If they see people of questionable character and suspicious movement, they should come to us quickly because we want to take necessary measures to prevent the actualization of the threat”, he said.