There are strong indications that the military and security agencies have launched separate investigations into threats to attack the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Towers in Abuja.
It will be recalled the Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF), had threatened to bomb the NNPC towers if former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency is said to be investigating the former First Lady, over ownership of $15 million.
However, Sunday Telegraph gathered from military and security sources, that the threat was being “looked into”. The sources, who spoke separately with Sunday Telegraph, said no responsible nation treats security threats with kids’ gloves. “The only thing I can tell you is that we are looking at the threat from the said group, as a responsible security agency in the country.
“You see, we are not saying they will actually carry out the threat; we are not there yet. But you know, we must be proactive in our work, while we leave all options open,” he said. Another source, who also spoke in confidence with this newspaper on the matter, said: “The security challenges we are having today in the country, calls for heightened intelligence and sophistication, and that is what we are doing now. “Any threat to security and peace, must be investigated.
“In fact, nothing will be left to chance in our efforts at keeping our beloved country one. “Make no mistakes; nobody or group will be allowed to threaten the corporate existence and sovereignty of Nigeria.”
Official reactions from from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), and the Police, were still being expected as at the time of filing this report. Sunday Telegraph observed a significant build up of security around the NNPC Towers when one of our correspondents visited the area yesterday.
Although the edifice had been under tight security cover since the outbreak of terrorism in the country, there was an additional presence of security personal around the vicinity of the tower.
Apart from the usual multiple security posts on the way leading to the place, Sunday Telegraph observed that an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was stationed at the last security check point closest to the outer gate which leads to the staff car park.