Lagos - Nigeria's secret police have arrested and charged 45 suspects over an alleged Boko Haram plot to attack Lagos, sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Sunday.
"About 60 suspects were picked up from different locations in Lagos by the Department of State Services [DSS] acting on intelligence information they were planning to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi last month," said one source.
Both sources, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said some of the suspects were released after preliminary investigations, while 45 others were taken to a magistrate court on Friday.
"They were arraigned on holding charges. The DSS urged the court to remand them in prison pending further investigation and their eventual arraignment before a high court," said one.
Also read: 4 women suicide bombers die near Maiduguri, kill 1
Dolphin Estate is a gated community on the upscale Ikoyi island.
Any attack on Lagos would likely send shockwaves through both.
Lagos State Information Commissioner Steve Ayorinde on Saturday called for the public's help in ensuring the safety of the city's population.
"Our appeal goes to every school, housing estates, religious houses, markets and shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants and sporting arenas to take issues of security and personal safety more seriously these days and to work with both the government and security agencies in promptly reporting any persons with suspicious activities or unusual gatherings that may compromise security," he said.
"Care must also be taken in how domestic servants and house aides are also employed," he added in a statement.