“The Nigerian security services have received intelligence report to the effect that insurgents intend seizing petrol tankers and plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the tankers and drive them to crowded places in Abuja,” Omeri said.
Members of the public are also advised to report any broken down tanker in any part of the territory to security agencies.
“We are using this opportunity to appeal to the public to be on the alert, particularly when they see any tanker driving dangerously,” he said.
The spokesman for the Department of State Services, Ms Marilyn Ogar, who is also a member of the information committee, reacted to the suspected insurgents who were arrested in Abia State, saying they were actually 491 in number, including five infants and five women.
Omeri, who also commented on the suspects, describing them as travellers, said the arrest was not targeted at any group of persons or individuals.
He revealed that during interrogation of the suspects, a notorious insurgent who had been profiled by the DSS since 2007 and had been on the agency’s watch-list was identified.
“This led to further questioning of the large movement of persons travelling in a convoy of over 30 buses with none of them having up to N1,000 on them,” he said.