by Anike Jacobs
Mike Omeri, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and coordinator of the National Information Centre, has revealed that Boko Haram is planning to attack soft targets such as Automated Teller Machine (ATM) points, markets and political rallies, using bombs fastened onto cows, goats and chickens.
Speaking at a press conference today in Abuja, he said, “Available intelligence reports indicate a plan by Boko Haram to use young male suicide bombers disguised as cobblers (shoemakers) to hide explosives in their tool boxes and detonate them in soft target areas such as markets, restaurants, ATM locations, political rallies, worship centres, as well as other public places.
“Also there is indication of a plan by this group to use livestock (such as goats, cows, donkeys and camels) laden with explosives to attack chosen targets. In view of these, the general public, including all persons operating within and around the aforementioned places, is advised to be vigilant and mindful of suspicious activities within their environment.”
Marilyn Ogar, spokesperson of the Department of State Services, (DSS) who was also at the press conference, said relevant government agencies have since been informed of the development and steps are being taken to stop the terrorists.
“We have regular interactions with the relevant bodies and we have briefed them of the intelligence,” she said.
Omeri also revealed that 192 persons released by Boko Haram in January were currently receiving counseling at a military facility in Yobe state.
“The centre wishes to confirm that the persons recently released by Boko Haram are presently in the custody of military authorities. Authoritatively, we can sate that these persons are currently undergoing counselling after which they will return home to re-join their kith and kin,” he said.
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