Be Vigilant! Boko Haram Affiliate Planning Deadly Attacks – Fg Alerts Nigerians
BEVERLY HILLS, February 10, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians that intelligence at its disposal have it that a Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood, is planning to launch massive attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons.
It revealed that the group through its cell in Kogi State was trying to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-calibre weapons to perpetrate acts of terror.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who urged Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movements to relevant authorities.
The statement reads: “The cell is making frantic efforts to advance its IED-making capability through the acquisition of such chemicals as Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators), Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and Aluminium Powder (a fuel source for amplifying explosions).
”One Usman, an IED apprentice, left the cell some time back to join Islamic State in Libya. The new desire to acquire IED precursor chemicals could suggest that Usman or other persons may have returned from Libya and have acquired IED-making skills intended to increase the activities of the group.
“Intelligence also revealed that the group is making serious efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.
“Further intelligence monitoring has revealed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to forcefully free their members who are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, Including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group, who is now at Kuje prison.”
There are reports that Boko Haram and some of its affiliates have established cells in parts of Kogi State. The Department of State Services, DSS, on January 10, arrested a kingpin of the sect in Okene town, Adavi local government area of Kogi State.
Identified as Abdullahi Mohammed, he was said to be the leader of the Boko Haram sect in Okene and was responsible for the coordination of Boko Haram activities in Okene axis of Kogi State.
Last October, about 10 suspected Islamic fundamentalists were killed near Lokoja in Kogi State during a bloody encounter between an Islamic sect and men of the Nigerian Army.