The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Rogers
Nicholas has urged the people living in the North-East to be “security
conscious and vigilant” of suicide bomb attacks by Boko Haram during
Christmas and the New Year festivities.
Nicholas raised the alert on Friday; in a statement of Deputy
Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu issued to
journalists in Maiduguri.
He said it was imperative for the people to be vigilant and monitor
suspicious persons in their communities, places of worship and other
public places during the two festivities.
According to him, the fleeing insurgents are however; taking advantage
of the relaxed vigilance and security measures to attack soft targets.
Nicholas in the statement also disclosed: “An assessment of recent
trend of Boko Haram insurgents’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
campaign indicated a deliberate targeting of places of worships as
witnessed in the disheartening incident of the suicide bombings.
“One of the reasons adduced for easy infiltration by suicide bombers
is the absence of measures to scrutinize and identify persons
accessing these facilities.
“Most places of worship have been found to exhibit similar deficiency
and have lowered their guards, thereby exposing themselves to
He noted that with the yuletide around the corner; people should
devise strict security checks in their respective places of worship
and social gatherings.
He called on religious and community leaders to sensitize and mobilize
their people to be security conscious to prevent any attack from
He said taht several insurgents were killed, including hundreds of the
terrorists captured; while many others voluntarily surrendered through
the military’s safe corridors.
He warned that: “Some of the insurgents, however, escaped with gunshot
wounds and might be seeking help and treatment in any available health
facility in the country.
“Unsuspecting persons have inadvertently provided such fleeing
insurgents with support without recourse to the security agencies.”
He therefore called on communities to report such fleeing wounded
insurgents to security agencies.
On dangers of planted landmines and explosives, Nwachukwu said: “The
fleeing insurgents left several Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) and IEDs
scattered within the theatre of operation, noting that the bombs were
harmful to unsuspecting members of the public.
“In view of these dangers posed by this development parents, children,
farmers, herders, traders and artisans traversing the hinterland
should be wary of strange objects and not to fiddle with them.
Discovery of such objects should be reported to security agencies.