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Terrorism: Federal Govt, Lagos Urged To Be On Alert

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Posted: Aug 5, 2016 at 3:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwudi Nweje

Lagos – The Islamic State (IS) naming of a new leader for Boko Haram terrorist group is a direct threat from ISIS.

“There are strong indications that Boko Haram is re-strategising, not surrendering.  We should all be concerned about lone wolf attacks (such as suicide bombers) and wolf pack attacks which ISIS is very good at.”

Ona Ekhomu, President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), who said this on Thursday, added that it is a “very serious and dangerous development in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency.”

Ekhomu advised the Federal Government to urgently direct the intelligence agencies, the military, law enforcement and citizens to be on full alert to avert spectacular terrorist attacks on Nigerian soil.

Independent recalled that IS on Wednesday, announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi, as the new leader of Boko Haram, in what many considered the first display of supervisory authority over Boko Haram.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, August 4, Ekhomu, said that the making of a leadership change for Boko Haram signalled a much closer relationship between BH and ISIS than was previously believed to exist.

“If ISIS gets to appoint senior leadership for BH, then they are probably running the Nigerian terror group as a local franchise. “Strategic decisions such as leadership appointments are made by the spiritual leader of a terrorist group,” he said

Ekhomu added that “the appointment of Al-Barnawi might have been made by ISIS leader Sheik Abu Bakr El-Baghdadi himself,” and advised the military to remain focused and on high alert.

He urged the Federal Government to soft-pedal on the hasty release of so-called repentant Boko Haram fighters, and said, “we could be recycling captured terrorists back into the battle-field”.

The security expert added, “since the armed conflict is still ongoing, captured terrorists should be considered ‘prisoners of war’ and called for a higher level of preparedness.

He also urged Nigerians to be enrolled in the fight against terrorists by being observant and reporting unusual events, people or packages to the security agencies.

He also called on the Lagos State government to create an intelligence fusion centre “where all-source intelligence can be synthesized in order to disrupt acts of terrorism in Lagos State.”

According to him, a mega city like Lagos presented a “tempting target for BH/ISIS and the state should be target-hardened in order to prevent any surprise attacks”.