Slow and steady? Police “foil Boko Haram attack”

 

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By Kemi Omosanya

Security agencies may just be on their way to curbing the activities of the Boko Haram sect

The police and other security agencies have recorded a high number of casualties in the Boko Haram attacks on cities in Northern Nigeria, with at least 24 police officers reportedly killed when several police stations were bombed during the sect’s attack on Kano last Friday.

The sect continues to target police stations and yesterday, police officers in Kano discovered eight abandoned vehicles – parked around different police stations- in which there were at least 100 home-made bombs. Thankfully the bombs were discovered before they could lead to what would have been an even greater massacre than last Friday’s.

More findings like this and the security agencies may just be on their way to curbing the activities of the Boko Haram sect. The guns and other weapons being used by the sect members are not locally made guns, they are being bought or brought in from somewhere. A deep probe into these sources by the intelligence agencies will go a long way into curtailing the activities of the sect.

Nigerians have not forgotten the days when Niger-Delta militants constantly smuggled sophisticated weapons into the country, and also purchased some from rogue military officials. There are fears that the sect might be importing weapons into the country, especially after an arms-laden truck headed for Nigeria was intercepted in Ghana by the Ghanaian police command.

The Senate President, David Mark, on Monday night, however promised that the anti-terrorism act would be reviewed and the government would clamp down on the activities of the Islamist sect. Nigerians can only hope that the review and clamp down would be done speedily.

 

 

 

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