by Akan Ido
The Nigerian security apparatus which, according to observers, have so far proved inadequate to protect the lives and property of citizens might soon be stretched thinner with the emergence of a new terror group known as the Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan (JAMBS), which roughly translates as Vanguards for the Aid of Muslims in Black Africa.
The new sect is said to be an offshoot of the Boko Haram Islamic group which has almost freely carried out its terror activities mainly in the northern part of the country.
Reports say JAMBS was created by Boko Haram commanders who were disenchanted with the leadership style of the extremist group’s spiritual leader, Mohammed Shekau.
The new sect, which had claimed responsibility for various acts of hostage-taking and the November 26, 2012 attack on the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) detention centre in Abuja, has been under security watch.
The group, which is believed to be affiliated to the Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, said it was behind the recent kidnap of a French engineer, Francis Colump, in Katsina, citing France’s push for military intervention in Mali as justification.
According to a security source, the government is keeping a close watch on the activities of the new sect.
“We are not closing our eyes to the activities of the new sect; in fact, they have been under our radar for sometime, but we don’t want to give them legitimacy by acknowledging them. That is why it seems as if security agencies are ignorant of their antics, but that is far from the truth,” the sources stated.
Some observers believe the sect will continue to grow fangs and inflict more terror like its parent group, but others believe JAMBS will fizzle out if the Boko Haram menace is eradicated.
The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba spoke with reporters reiterating the success of the police force in fighting crime.
“Our mission is to fight crime and fight it effectively; our approach is a holistic one and I think its high time Nigerians appreciated that our strategies are working. Our determination to fight crime headlong is unshakeable and we will continue to record success against crime and criminality in this year,” he declared.
We shall be watching to see how this intricate security question is answered.