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, Lagos, Rivers Lucy AdegbeBy LUCY ADEGBE Jun 6, 2020 ShareTweet 0 Boko HaramBoko Haram Post Views: Visits 36 Boko Haram insurgents are planning to bomb key structural facilities across the country and Abuja in particular, The Street Journal learnt. This planned attacks by the terrorists was uncovered in an intelligence report made available to all Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country. The terrorists were said to attribute their decision to the failure of the Government at Federal and State levels to share funds and other incentives donated to fight against Covid19 pandemic nationwide. The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria forced a lockdown to be imposed on major cities like Lagos, Abuja and Ogun States, while other State governments imposed either partial or full lockdown. The Police’s call for caution was triggered by a confession by one Abu Gozie, who is said to be a top commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and allegedly responsible for armed banditry in Okene and environs. This was contained in a police wireless messages dated, 30 May 2020, to MOPOLS TRG ILA- ORANGUN/GWAOZA/ENEDEHU/1-77. According to the report,

 

Abu resides around Bisi Oladipo street, Mafaluku-Oshodi, Lagos State, from where he joined “ISWAP” in Okene, Kogi State. He confirmed that the group (ISWAP) and other criminal elements like Boko Haram are regrouping and apparently exploiting this global emergency of COVID-19 pandemic to gain sensational attention across the world. He was quoted as saying that the group are targeting major National economic interests such as Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Towers, International Conference Center (ICC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs building and other critical infrastructures. Abu also revealed that security and strategic Government facilities and shopping malls and other Government building in across the country may likely be subject of attack particularly in places like Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Adamawa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Plateau, Rivers, Niger, Kaduna, Kogi, Anambra, Zamfara, Sokoto, Borno, Bauchi and Yobe State. He threatened that the group may extend such attacks to correctional centres and other detention facilities in Kogi, Kwara, Enugu, Edo, Niger, Benue and Nasarawa State as well as Kuje correctional facility, Fct, Abuja. Attack on correctional facilities are all in a bid to free some of their members who are either incarcerated or in detention. The Nigerian Police as a matter of urgency has directed its members to ensure adequate security at the NNPC towers and other possible interest of targets within FCT, Abuja and sensitive places across the country. Recall that between 2013 and 2014, places like the United Nations building, the Nyanya Motor Park and the Mammy Market within Abacha Barrack premises, all in Abuja, came under terrorists attack. All of these attacks led to both loss of lives and properties. Boko Haram, which started as a religious sect in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, particularly Borno state has deteriorated into a very strong terrorist group that have carried out various deadly attacks in Nigeria and other West African countries including Niger, Chad and Cameroon. *Deadly Attacks* Between 2014 and present, Boko Haram has been responsible for more than 3,000 terrorist attacks and more than 40,000 reported deaths.

 

These activities have made Boko Haram one of the deadliest armed groups in the world. According to reports, 2017 was the most active year for the group, in which there were 621 terrorists’ attacks, while in 2018 the number of violent events involving the group declined to 529. *Fractions and Leadership of Boko Haram* Reports have often sensationalized the leadership divide, overemphasizing the extent to which foreign organizations exercise influence over Boko Haram and ignoring the intra-rebel and domestic influences that drive Boko Haram’s activities (Perspectives on Terrorism, 2018). One analyst claimed that “ISWAP has asked IS for theological guidance on who it is lawful to attack,” suggesting that the group’s operations are driven by foreign actors (Reuters, 29 April 2018). The history, fragmentation and reconciliation of the cellular organization, Boko Haram has always been ignored. In 2012 a group called “Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan” (or “Ansaru”) lodged similar complaints as ISWAP’s Barnawi. Ansaru broke away from Boko Haram to operate independently. According to reports, ISWAP sought closer ties to ISIS, while Ansaru reportedly sought closer ties with al Qaeda. This faction operated independently for a few years before fading into irrelevance, undermined by defections back to Boko Haram and the arrest of its top leader in 2016 in Kogi State. In 2016, the Nigeria army said it arrested one Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Islamist militant group, Ansaru which is a splinter faction of Boko Haram that has been accused of kidnapping and killing Westerners.

 

However, a security expert said al-Barnawi’s supporters had assured him that the militant leader, who the U.S. State Department named in 2012 as having ties to Boko Haram and al-Qaeda’s North African wing, had not been captured. The then Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said al-Barnawi, who is thought to be in his late 30s, was arrested in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. In comparison with the faction of Boko Haram that is being led by Abubakar Shekau, units affiliated with Barnawi engage in much fewer violent attacks. From 2016 to 2019, only 9% of the violent events associated with Boko Haram have been attributed to the Barnawi faction. Of those events, Barnawi’s faction engages in less civilian targeting. Since 2016, 25% of their activity has been violence against civilians, as compared to 37% of the violent events associated with other Boko Haram factions. Though there are differences in the operational profiles of the Barnawi faction and the Shekau factions of Boko Haram, these differences are more likely a function of where they operate than a result of international influence. The Barnawi’s faction of Boko Haram is more active around Nigeria’s border with Niger, whereas the Shekau faction of Boko Haram is more active in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. *A threat to Nigeria’s existence* A lot of questions have been asked about what the Boko Haram insurgents really want. It will be recalled that former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour described Boko Haram as a threat to the very existence of Nigeria as a country. Jonathan said, “If Boko Haram is not contained, it would be a threat not only to Nigeria but to West Africa, Central Africa and of course to North Africa. Elements of Boko Haram link up with some of Al Qaeda in Northern Mali and other North African countries.” Jonathan also noted that the increase in Boko Haram attacks was linked to the free flow of weapons out of Libya since the fall of the dictator, Moammar Gadhafi. Jonathan agreed that Boko Haram, which started as a religious sect, took Nigeria unawares. *Shekau ‘hibernating’* It will be recalled that in a recent exclusive report by The Street Journal, it was revealed that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau was sick and hibernating at the fringe of Lake Chad. Remember that in a recent audio, Shekau cried out for protection against Nigerian troops following intensified successful offensives against his fighters. He also sought Allah’s protection for him and his rag-tag terror gang from the firepower of the Nigerian military. In the one minute, 22 seconds audio, the Boko Haram leader, who spoke in Kanuri, sought the protection of Allah against the “devilish act” of the Nigerian military. He also revealed that his group is facing difficulties during the just concluded Holy month of Ramadan. “If it is the devilish act and wickedness [of the Nigerian military], may Allah protect us from their evil. Oh Allah, keep us firm on your religion. We are poor things who know nothing, oh our Lord, Allah. “We deserted Izala people to practise Your true religion; we abandoned Tijjaniyya people to practise Your true religion; we deserted the Shiites to practise Your true religion; we forsook our parents, uncles and aunties to practise Your true religion. “It is because of your religion that we placed knife on Your servants’ necks; but today, they are trying to change us from one thing to another. Oh Lord, have mercy upon under [the blessings] Ramadhan; Oh Lord, have mercy on under [the blessings] of Ramadhan (crying profusely). “Oh Allah give us victory over our enemies. Oh brothers, for Allah’s sake, obey Allah and help me with prayers. This does not mean I am angry. “May Allah keep us firm on the Qur’an. Allah knows best. Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah and all thanks be to Allah,” Mr Shekau sobbed. In a reaction to the audio clip, Bulama Bukarti, a human rights lawyer and conflict analyst who has studied Boko Haram for over a decade, said: “This is the first time we heard Shekau cry in this way.” A top military source hinted The Street Journal that feelers from the camp of Shekau indicated that he is in a terrible state, feeling unwell and lonely in the battle. “We learnt that he suffered injuries from one of our recent attacks, that he was badly injured. We are mindful of what we push out because Boko Haram lives on propaganda and his fighters can easily release old audio or video just to discredit the army. But we are on top of the situation, monitoring the movement of the sect and I can assure Nigerians that the days of Shekau and others are numbered,” he disclosed. *Over 1,000 insurgents were killed Recently* The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Yusuf Buratai recently confirmed that the Nigerian troops have killed 1,015 Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing operation in the northeast region, which started in April. Buratai, who has been at the battlefront with the troops since March, made this disclosure during a luncheon organised for the troops of Operations Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri. He said a total of 84 high ranking members of the sect have been arrested. “We have put concerted efforts against Boko Haran and ISWAP insurgents. We have successfully displaced major camps of the terrorists. We have killed 1, 015 terrorists in the ongoing operation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state respectively. “We have also arrested 84 Boko Haram logistics and information suppliers in the ongoing operation which started 12 April 2020,” Buratai said. See copies of the intelligence report below.

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