by Panshak Ibrahim
Following the recent string of attacks on political rallies in Gombe and Rivers states, the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters says it has received intelligence reports that plans have been put in place to bomb more campaign gatherings before the general elections.
According to the Force spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, police investigations revealed that it had become easy for people to make bombs through tutorials from the internet.
Ojukwu told Punch Newspapers that: “Police investigations on the Rivers incident are still on-going. As we are now witnessing, the level of violence has increased worldwide and its intensity too.”
“We have the ISIS and al-Qaeda who are taking on the world with their terrorist activities. Today, these groups have equipped interested people on how to make bombs through the Internet. So, we expect that more people will take advantage of that to wreak havoc at campaign rallies.”
Speaking further, Ojukwu enjoined political parties, candidates and their supporters to be extremely watchful when organising and attending any large political gathering.
He added: “It is the collective responsibility of everyone to be security-conscious. Political parties and their supporters need to pay more attention when rallies are being organised. As the police, we have the duty to secure lives and property and we will continue to do our best to deal with this kind of situation.”