Nigeria’s State Security Services arrested 45 suspected members of the Boko Haram group after foiling a plot to attack a gated community, a Lagos state spokesman said.
The suspects were alleged to be planning an attack on the Dolphin Estate, in the commercial capital’s Ikoyi district, state Commissioner of Information Steve Ayorinde said Saturday in an e-mailed statement.
Boko Haram Islamist militants, seeking to impose Islamic law on Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer, have stepped up suicide attacks in the northeast of the country since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military offensive to defeat the insurgents by the end of the year. While the group has successfully attacked Abuja, the capital, in the past, it hasn’t carried out any attacks in Lagos or any of the southern cities.
Separately, troops destroyed at least 20 Boko Haram camps and removed improvised explosive devices along the road in the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu in the northeastern Borno state, Nigerian army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said today in an e-mailed statement.