The Boko Haram terrorist sect has threatened to attack public places in Akwa Ibom State, according to text messages in possession of the State Government.
A statement issued on Friday evening by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, said the public places targeted by the terrorists include churches, markets and schools, among others.
Umanah advised members of the public to be security conscious and be extra-vigilant by reporting suspicious movements to security personnel for immediate action.
The state government assured residents of their safety, saying it had directed security agencies to step up surveillance to prevent likely attack on the state.
The statement also urged residents to go about their lawful businesses as government was poised to sustain the prevailing peace in the state.
The state government, however, decried the e-emergence of activities of commercial motorcyclists in Uyo metropolis despite the existing ban on their operations.